Public park or private party boats?

This information is posted for residents of Jacksons Landing, many of whom have expressed great concern at the impact of the proposed relocation of Blackwattle Bay Marina, including noise, mess, traffic and parking, and the loss of the promised “waterfront playground to bring communities together” (Bays Precinct Transformation Plan 2015).

 

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 (Bays Precinct Transformation Plan 2015). 

 

 

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. 

Other locations, such as Rozelle Bay, where other commercial maritime operations are located, 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 REFERENCE GROUP OR CONSULTING THE COMMUNITY

 

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