Public park or private party boats?

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE BANK STREET FORESHORE PARK?

The NSW Government promised us:  opportunities to sit by the foreshore with a coffee,  lunch at a waterside café, access the Harbour for water-based activities, admire locally-produced art, gaze at amazing views (Transformation Plan, The Bays Precinct Sydney, October 2015). 

Specifically, they promised public parkland with passive recreation for 5-19 Bank St, Pyrmont.  

 

 

Instead, Urban Growth is applying to relocate Joe Elias’s Blackwattle Bay Marina with its 22 party boats and 22 containers into the Bank St property. 

Better locations exist, such as Rozelle Bay, where other commercial maritime operations are located, and do not infringe on residential areas.

 

How did this happen? – History of the park

March, 2017 – Urban Growth lodged MOD3 Application to relocate Blackwattle Bay Marina (All Occasion Cruises) to the Sydney Heritage Fleet site – without informing community stakeholders or any of the current users of the site. 

Approved DA

MOD3

Community use with educational facilties and conservation of historic vessels, consistent with the site’s Public Recreation Zoning

Commercial tourist operation

Maximum of 12 vessels which would rarely leave their moorings, with most trips finishing before dusk

22 party boats – potential 22 trips per hour 7am to 1am, 7 days a week

Original consent conditions restrict use to “vessels of the Sydney Heritage Fleet or affiliated maritime heritage organisations… Private vessels/boats must not be moored at the maritime facility at any time”

Blackwattle Bay Marina is a private, commercial business

DA provided storage space and facilities for dragon boaters

Space for passive recreational boats will be severely limited, and there are grave concerns about safety in the water so close to lareg vessels

SHF activity would be in daylight hours, mainly weekdays, and volunteers would use public transport

"Party boat employees will be discouraged from driving to work and exhorted to catch public transport or ride a bike" – at 1am? 

SHF proposed an attractive architect-designed permanent building

22 shipping containers and a demountable office building

 

URBAN GROWTH HAS BEEN NEGOTIATING THIS DEAL WITH BLACKWATTLE BAY MARINA FOR MANY MONTHS, WITHOUT INFORMING THE BAYS PRECINCT COMMUNITY REFERENCE GROUP OR CONSULTING THE COMMUNITY

 

BACKGROUND

  • Joe Tripodi and former NSW Maritime chief Steve Dunn awarded the tender for a lease on its current site to All Occasion Cruises.

  • Urban Growth is seeking an alternative location for All Occasion Cruises.

  • Urban Growth has decided to sacrifice its promise for a community park and passive water recreation facilities, in order to build a new fish market and sell the existing site to developers for highrise apartments. 

  • An agreement has been made between Sydney Heritage Fleet and RMS to surrender its DA in the "Bank Street Deed of Release”.

 

Sources

Plan to remake neglected Blackwattle Bay is in tatters, Anne Davies, Linton Besser, SMH 
19 June 2011

ICAC takes evidence of marine project linked to corrupt former minister Joe Tripodi, Kate McClymont and Leesha McKenny, SMH 12 June 2014

Obeid family associate Joe Elias in line for Sydney Fish Market windfall, Sean Nicholls and Kate McClymont, SMH 7 November 2016

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Attend the public meeting and express your views – Monday 24 July, 7pm, The Station, 58 Bowman Street

  • Talk to your neighbours and encourage them to respond to the proposal

  • Write to the Premier, your local MP, Alex Greenwich, the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore

  • Make a submission on this proposal (submissions close 11 August)

  • Write to the paper, ring talkback radio

  • Post on social media