Randwick Council to consider two motions on Yarra Bay

The agenda and business papers for Randwick City Council’s meeting next Tuesday (30 April) are here.

There are two motions of concern to Save Yarra Bay members and supporters:

Notice of Motion from Cr Said – Update on opposition to proposed passenger cruise ship terminal (page 293)

Notice of Motion from Cr Said – Apply for National Heritage Listing and Grant Program (page 295)

To demonstrate our concern over the future of Yarra Bay and to support those Councillors voting in favour of Councillor Danny Said’s motions, please (if you can) attend the Council meeting on on Tuesday 30 April – 6 pm, Council Chambers, 1st Floor Randwick Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street Randwick.

Save the Bay Coalition representatives will speak to both motions.

Should you wish to make representations to your Councillors on these matters, their contact details are here.

P.S: Councillor Said is also active on behalf of the local community with another motion:

Notice of Motion from Cr Said – Development applications in Banksmeadow (Bayside Council) (page 319)

Port Botany is congested NOW – without cruise ships

Botany Road, in the vicinity of the Berejiklian government’s proposed mega cruise ship terminal, is already extremely busy in daylight hours.

If a mega cruise ship terminal is jammed into this already overcrowded precinct, expect extreme traffic congestion, frustration, accidents, delayed starts to bus excursions and bus excursions reaching the dock after ships have departed.

Queues build rapidly at peak times and when there is a delay within a terminal.

Semi-trailers approaching from both directions on Botany Road queue to enter the DP World terminal.
Semi-trailers queue in Botany Rd, waiting to enter the DP World terminal.
Queue in Botany Rd for the DP World terminal.

We predict that the mega cruise ship terminal will be at the end of Bumborah Point Road. Coinciding with morning and evening peaks, two mega cruise ships at a Yarra Bay terminal would require around 100 coaches to enter and leave Bumborah Point Road each morning and evening.

Right hand turns into an out of Bumborah Point Road are already very busy with container and bulk liquids truck movements – and STA buses from the Port Botany bus depot trying to keep to timetable. Coaches, taxis, Ubers, private vehicles and delivery vans and trucks will all have to join the queues.

Semi-trailers and an STA bus queue in Botany Rd, waiting to enter Bumborah Point terminals and the STA Port Botany depot.

Randwick Council to vote on National Heritage Listing for Yarra Bay

On 30 April, Randwick City Council Deputy Mayor Danny Said (Labor, South Ward) will present a motion to the Council meeting. The motion will recommend the nomination of Yarra Bay for inclusion on the National Heritage List.

Randwick City Council has already applied to the NSW Government to have the area included in the State Heritage Register.

The Sydney Business Chamber clearly sees heritage listing as a real threat to their plans to transform Yarra Bay for the benefit of the foreign-owned cruise industry. Their director of policy Chris Lamont told the Daily Telegraph:

“It would be disappointing if the heritage listing process was being abused to exclude necessary and important considerations around a new cruise ship terminal.”

A representative of Save Yarra Bay will speak in favour of the motion. Will the Sydney Business Chamber find someone to speak against it? And how will Liberal Councillors vote? It should be an interesting night.

We will publish Councillor Said’s motion as soon as it is available. Before the meeting date, Save Yarra Bay Coalition members and supporters are encouraged to make representations to Councillors – their contact details are here.

If you can, please also attend the Council meeting on Tuesday 30 April – 6 pm, Council Chambers, 1st Floor Randwick Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street Randwick.

Randwick Council continues fight to Save Yarra Bay

The Mayor of Randwick City, Councillor Kathy Neilson has written to the Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance and the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, to request a meeting to discuss Council’s (and our) concerns and objections to the Yarra Bay mega cruise ship terminal proposal. This includes a request for the release of the Strategic Business Case.

Mayor Neilson’s letter to Andrew Constance is here (the letter to Stuart Ayres is identical).

Mayor Neilson has also requested a meeting with Peter Collins who led the Cruise Industry Reference Group. The recommendations of the group were included in the NSW Cruise Development Plan and Mayor Neilson is seeking a briefing on these recommendations.

Matt Thistlethwaite has written to the Prime Minister

Matt Thistlethwaite, Federal Member for Kingsford Smith reports on his letter to the Prime Minister:

Following the NSW State election, it’s now even more important for our local community to speak out strongly against the proposed cruise ship terminal at Yarra Bay.

We need to speak together and let both the Federal and State Governments know that the people of Kingsford Smith don’t want a cruise ship terminal in our community.

It was of course the axed Prime Minister, the former Member for Wentworth, who made a captain’s call to rule out Garden Island as the preferred location for Sydney’s new cruise ship terminal.

The former [State] Liberal leader, Peter Collins, was appointed to head up a Cruise Industry Reference Group and asked to identify some possible solutions to the current crush of cruise ships coming into Sydney Harbour.

The preferred option for an additional cruise ship terminal was Garden Island West, with option two being North-East Garden Island.

Further down the list, the recommendations of the Cruise Industry Reference Group clearly stated that for options three and four, Molineaux Point/Botany Bay and Yarra Bay/Botany Bay, respectively, consultation with Indigenous and local community representatives and in accordance with environmental safeguards should be carried out.

This, of course, hasn’t happened, and our community may have to pay the price.

Once again the Bidjigal people, whose ancestors have called Yarra Bay their home for thousands of years, have not been consulted on this disastrous plan.

They say a cruise ship terminal in their backyard will destroy local traditional fishing areas and livelihoods.

And the numbers just don’t add up.

An independent review shows that accommodating cruise ships at Garden Island would cost $143 million.

And yet taxpayers are being asked to spend over half a billion dollars on an ill-conceived cruise ship terminal at Yarra Bay.

Adding insult to injury, the cruise ship industry says it won’t contribute financially.

That’s why I’ve written to our Prime Minister, who is also the Member for Cook, on behalf of a community ready to fight to the end against a cruise ship terminal at Yarra Bay.

Mindful that the electorate of Cook is within sight of the proposed cruise ship terminal, I’ve asked our Prime Minister, ‘Where are you on this?’

I’ve also suggested that it’s time to make Garden Island the next site for Sydney’s cruise ship terminal.

It’s high time for Governments, both Federal and State, to listen to the people, and for all of us to have our say loudly and clearly, ‘Save Yarra Bay’!

Matt Thistlethwaite
Federal Member for Kingsford Smith