Proposed cruise ship terminal is 'battle for whole of Botany Bay'

The battle for Botany Bay: from left: Members of the Save Yarra Bay Coalition, Randwick Mayor Danny Said, Maria Poulos, John Rennie, Peter Fagan, Mel Melba, Leanne Ooi and Cheryl Rennie.
The battle for Botany Bay: from left: Members of the Save Yarra Bay Coalition, Randwick Mayor Danny Said, Maria Poulos, John Rennie, Peter Fagan, Mel Melba, Leanne Ooi and Cheryl Rennie.

There is a call for all councils around Botany Bay to join in the fight against the State Government's proposal to build a terminal for mega cruise ships at Yarra Bay.

And Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose electorate of Cook borders Botany Bay, has also been asked to support the community's opposition to the terminal proposal.

The State Government is considering building a third Sydney cruise ship terminal at Yarra Bay.

Fight on the beaches: Residents are fighting to save Yarra Bay which along with La Perouse is the last beach left on the north side of Botany Bay.

Fight on the beaches: Residents are fighting to save Yarra Bay which along with La Perouse is the last beach left on the north side of Botany Bay.

The plan is opposed by Bayside and Randwick councils and the community with residents forming the Save Yarra Bay Coalition.

A brochure on the proposal that was distributed to residents by the State Government last week has been criticised as not providing any answers on the potential traffic, environmental and amenity impacts, and for not providing a business case for the terminal.

Members of the Save Yarra Bay Coalition have labelled the State Government's consultation process "tokenistic" and a "sham" following a stakeholder meeting with the Port Authority of NSW this week.

"We walked away disappointed that the State Government would not share basic information with us," Save Yarra Bay Coalition spokesperson, Maria Poulos said.

"Government representatives refused to provide plans or any constructive details about what it intends to do.

"I have a letter from a cruise ship company saying they have been contributing to the strategic business case for the terminal.

"We want the information to be released which we know they are sharing with the cruise ship industry.

"We are saying to the government release that information so we can comment in meaningful ways as a community."

Ms Poulos added that Sutherland Shire residents should get involved in the fight because of the impact of a future terminal on all areas around Botany Bay.

Randwick Council is spending $50,000 on an independent study to analyse the environmental and socio-economic impact of the proposed cruise ship at Molineux Point and Yarra Bay.

Randwick has requested financial support from Bayside Council towards the study.

This week Bayside Councillor Christina Curry called for a report addressing Randwick Council's request for financial support for a study on the impacts of a cruise ship terminal.

"For 12 months the government has ignored community questions in relation to the proposed Yarra Bay Cruise Terminal," Cr Curry said.

"During the week a brochure was distributed to all the residents in Botany outlining not much at all," she said.

"There does not appear to be any business case. There are no answers to questions around where the traffic is going to go.

"They are suggesting community consultation but it appears to be very much: this is what's happening.

"There are real issues here in relation to how it is going to impact on the whole bay, our environment, the roads, the traffic, because there are no answers.

"I'm asking we write to the Prime Minister for his support in the community's opposition to the cruise ship terminal as it will affect the whole of Botany Bay which forms part of his electorate.

"It would be interesting to know if residents living in the suburbs around the whole of the bay are being consulted about the impact the terminal will on the environment, the infrastructure and on their amenity.

"This is a battle for the whole of Botany Bay. There's already erosion around the bay. This cruise ship terminal will not only add to it but will have a huge impact."

The Save Yarra Bay Coalition will hole a "Whole of Bay" public meeting on the cruise ship terminal proposal at the Yarra Bay Sailing Club on Sunday, November 17 at 3pm.

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