Cruise plan faces storm

Cruise Weekly - - News -

PLANS to de­velop a new cruise ter­mi­nal at Syd­ney’s Port Botany are fac­ing a po­lit­i­cal back­lash, with lo­cal govern­ment and the NSW Op­po­si­tion voic­ing ob­jec­tions to the pro­posal.

The lo­cal Rand­wick Coun­cil last week voted to op­pose the govern­ment’s Cruise Devel­op­ment Plan, in which ad­di­tional cruise fa­cil­i­ties within Syd­ney Har­bour have been re­jected in favour of two po­ten­tial sites in Port Botany - Yarra Bay and Mo­lin­eaux Point ( CW 31 Jul).

“Our com­mu­nity has made it clear to us that they do not want this ter­mi­nal built in Port Botany,” said Mayor Lind­say Shurey.

“It’s vi­tal that we pro­tect the beaches, green spa­ces and open ar­eas at Yarra Bay so that they re­main avail­able to our com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of a cruise ship ter­mi­nal places th­ese as­sets at se­ri­ous risk of degra­da­tion and would in­tro­duce fur­ther is­sues of traf­fic con­ges­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal de­struc­tion and land-use pres­sures.”

The coun­cil has said it will seek to place Yarra Bay and Mo­lin­eaux Point on the NSW her­itage list in a bid to halt any devel­op­ment.

NSW Labor has launched a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing any cruise devel­op­ment at Yarra Bay, say­ing it is one of the few un­de­vel­oped beaches re­main­ing on the north side of Botany Bay and that a ter­mi­nal would cause con­ges­tion.

The govern­ment’s plan in­volves de­vel­op­ing a strate­gic busi­ness case for a third cruise ter­mi­nal at Port Botany, pic­tured, to help relieve ca­pac­ity con­straints at the ex­ist­ing Over­seas Pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal and White Bay Cruise Ter­mi­nal within Syd­ney Har­bour.

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