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.