Coalition defending Yarra Bay and Botany Bay consolidates

The breadth and depth of the coalition that has formed to defend Yarra Bay (and Botany Bay) was on display at the Save Yarra Bay Community Forum, Sunday 17 November at Yarra Bay Sailing Club.

With Yarra Bay club house filled to capacity, people listened to the speeches from the beach below

Thoughout the forum chaired by Hon. Michael Daley MLA, the huge crowd heard informative, passionate and inspiring speeches from:

Barbara Simms – local Aboriginal Elder – Welcome to Country

Peter Collins – Chair, Cruise Industry Reference Group and advocate for a shared seasonal cruise terminal at Garden Islandwatch & listen from 1:02

“This isn’t a NIMBY thing. This isn’t a Liberal -Labor thing. This is about good public policy.”

Hon. Michael Daley MLA, Member for Maroubrawatch & listen from 1:40

“It’s also about being truthful and honest and open with the possible expenditure of your money.

Peter spoke about a couple of reports there. I tried to get them. We’ve all tried to get them. And the copy I got every second word was blacked out. It was unreadable.

I’ve called today for an Upper House Enquiry so we can get our hands on those documents.”

Noelene Timbery – La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council – watch & listen from 3:29

“So it’s time for us to stand together. And time for us the La Perouse Aoriginal community to ask the question:

‘When will our cultural rights be respected? When will our history & our traditions be acknowledged?'”

Maria Poulos – Save the Bay Coalition – watch & listen from 5:52

“It’s time to stop the madness. Accommodating cruise ships at Garden Island will cost $143 million versus at least $600 million at Yarra Bay.

Send Royal Caribbean and other predators a strong message ‘Get the hell out of our bay’

Peter Fagan – 3D visualization of the proposal – Save Little Baywatch & listen from 10:17

Stan Konstantaras – Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW – watch & listen from 11:57

“What it means is decreasing access for recreational fishermen, and we won’t put up with that.

I also bring in support to the whole campaign, 850,000 fishermen across New South Wales.

Recreational fishermen, our answer is NO.”

Henry Morris – Clubs NSW – watch & listen from 13:06

We will fight with all the might the club movement can muster.

People power will never be denied.

Why won’t the government listen? They now have to listen to the people.

Yarra Bay Sailing Club will be wiped out. It is a marvelous community asset.

John Turnbull – Environmental Scientist at UNSW and Diver – watch & listen from 16:09

Botany Bay is no ordinary bay. Under the water it is just as unique as the incredible indigenous and cultural heritage we’ve seen above the water.

The two heads of the bay – Kurnell on one side, Bare Island and Cape Banks on the other side – have a unique marine community that is nowhere else in the world.

David Shoebridge MLC, NSW Greens – watch & listen from 17:10

The good thing about the Upper House at the moment, the government doesn’t control the numbers.

I was just talking with Mark [ Banasiak ] Shooters and Fishers … I will put on a motion to use the powers of the Upper House to force the government to release the strategic business case.

Mark Banasiak MLC, Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party – watch & listen from 19:23

In terms of the Upper House enquiry, you can guarantee our signature on that referral.

The message back to Gladys and Andrew … we are getting those documents, whether you like it or not.

We will make them blink on Yarra Bay.

Paul Garrett, Assistant Secretary – Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney Branch – watch & listen from 20:18

This decision by the Liberal government … it’s bad for Yarra Bay, it’s bad for the community and its bad for Botany Bay.

The Sydney Branch, 2,300 working men and women in this port, support you today. We stand with you and I want to make sure that message is received well and true.

It’s an unusual issue that brings members of the Labor Party, the Liberal Party in Peter Collins, the Greens, the Shooters and Fishers together. That’s how stupid this decision is. And when you get all those groups coming together to say how bad it is, it needs to be heard.

No cruise ships on Yarra Bay. No cruise ships on Yarra Bay and the MUA is here to stay.

Councillor Danny Said – Mayor, Randwick City Council – watch & listen from 23:23

If they say it’s going to cost half a billion dollars, it’s going to cost $1 billion. We know that, it will double.

So save that money, give it to the drought stricken farmers, give it to the fire fighters up North and give it to social housing.

Councillor Christina Curry – Bayside Council – watch & listen from 23:52

A cruise ship terminal in Yarra Bay will put a greater demand on ratepayer funds to mitigate the impact.

This year alone Bayside Council has had to spend 1 million dollars due to beach erosion.

We call on the State government to explain how ratepayers in Bayside and Randwick and Sutherland Councils will not be asked to bear the burden of future foreshore management.

The Mayor and Councillors of Bayside Council unanimously insist that the State government release the confidential documents and explain to ratepayers the impact on our already congested roads and traffic infrastructure and our environment.

My fellow Councillors and I were unanimous on Wednesday night at our Council meeting. Botany Bay has had enough.

Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MHR – watch & listen from 25:26

There’s one person who can overturn all of this and stop it. That’s the Prime Minister Scott Morrison. His electorate starts at Kurnell.

He can intervene here and stop this. Now if he cared about Botany Bay, if he cared about his residents in Kurnell – because they are going to be affected by this – the Prime Minister would show leadership and stand up for Botany Bay and intervene and stop this ridiculous proposal.

But at the end of the day, friends, the only thing that is going to stop this, as Henry said, is people power. We have to come together and make sure that we as a community work with other communities in Sydney to stop this ridiculous proposal for a cruise ship terminal at Yarra Bay.

The NSW Government response was provided by Phillip Holliday – Acting CEO & Sydney Harbour Master, Port Authority of NSW – watch & listen from 2:10

Bayside Council adds its weight to Save Yarra Bay Coalition

Bayside Councillor Christina Curry spoke forcefully at the Save Yarra Bay Community Forum on Sunday 17 November – click here to listen.

Christina Curry’s speech follows her work last week when Bayside Council, at its Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday 13 November 2019 passed the following resolution on the motion of Christina and fellow Labor Councillor Scott Morrissey:

Bayside Council’s resolution reinforces an earlier motion passed in July 2019.

Great work Councillors Christina Curry and Scott Morrissey. And thank you, Bayside Council for your support once again.

Since the resolution, Mayor Joe Awada has written to the Prime Minister, the Premier, the Deputy Premier and the Ministers for Transport, Tourism and the Environment. Bayside garbage trucks will join Randwick City Council’s garbage trucks in carrying “No Cruise Ship” messaging. Bayside Council have a number of other ideas and activities in progress, including the launch of a ‘have your say’ page on Council’s website.

Environmental presentation at Community Forum

Due to technical problems, we were unable to show John Turnbull’s superb photos of Botany Bay’s remarkable marine life during his presentation at the Save Yarra Bay Community Forum on Sunday 17 November.

John has kindly made his presentation available for publication – click here to view it.

John Turnbull holds a Masters degree in Marine Science Management, an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering. He is currently a Researcher at the University of NSW, studying for a PhD in the fields of marine ecology, social values and citizen science.

John is President of the Underwater Research Group of NSW. He is a dedicated Marine Explorer – inspiring people, engaging communities and protecting our marine environment.

John’s amazing albums of underwater photography around Botany Bay are open for all to view on flickr:

Everything John has photographed is at risk should a mega cruise ship terminal be built in Yarra Bay.

Thought for parents – John’s photos are a great resource for school projects – and for teaching the young about what we have to lose.

Please note: all of John’s photographs are licensed Creative Commons Non-Commercial with Attribution, which means anyone can download and use them for non-commercial purposes as long as they attribute them – that is, accompany them with text (for example in a caption) that says they are John Turnbull’s photographs.

Please join us at community forum on Sunday 17 November

Save the Bay Coalition is holding an open public forum on Sunday 17 November at 2 PM at Yarra Bay Sailing Club to update Botany Bay communities and recreational groups on the NSW Liberal Government’s proposed cruise ship terminal at Yarra Bay.

Yarra Bay at sunset; image courtesy & © Dharma Bendersky

A cruise ship terminal at Yarra Bay would be a disaster for our community and would see the destruction of our beach and bay, traffic chaos and loss of green and marine open space and amenity.

To date, all significant information about the proposal has been kept secret by the NSW Government – Commercial in Confidence or Cabinet in Confidence.

Despite this, in recent months our community has learnt that:

  • The NSW Liberal Government has ruled out all locations for a future cruise ship terminal other than Yarra Bay or Molineaux Point.
  • The strategic business case is now complete and the Government is currently working on the detailed business case.
  • The Government has been holding secret talks with the cruise industry, seeking financial contributions to help pay for this hugely expensive proposal.
  • A solid break wall would need to be built across the mouth of Yarra Bay and extensive dredging would be required in the bay.

We now have a good idea of where the cruise ship wharf would sit in Yarra Bay. At the forum, we will present on the club’s big screen a 3D visualisation to show you the gigantic scale of this proposal and its horrendous impact on our precious local beach and bay.

We will hear from the proposal proponent (Port Authority of NSW), state and local government representatives, recreational fishers and divers, the local Aboriginal community, sporting clubs, marine scientists and trade unions.

To conclude the forum, we will present an action plan of next steps and events for bayside communities and recreational groups to continue the fight to save Yarra Bay.

This is your opportunity to learn more, ask questions and demonstrate your opposition. Please join us at the community forum – Yarra Bay Sailing Club, Sunday 17 November at 2 PM.

We hope to see you there.