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.
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 Island – watch & 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 Maroubra – watch & 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’“
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