May 11, 2011 MEDIA RELEASE
Jamie Parker, the Greens MP for Balmain, has called for the proposed relocation of the cruise ship terminal from Barangaroo to White Bay to be reconsidered.
Mr Parker has welcomed the the Planning Minister's direction to the Barangaroo Delivery Authority to negotiate with critics of the current development plan.
"I continue to support the call for an independent review of the Barangaroo development process, but it is definitely a step in the right direction for the new government to be listening to the community's concerns about what is proposed for this site," Mr Parker said.
"The proposed shift of the cruise ship terminal is solely to allow more development on the Barangaroo site, including the building of a hotel protruding into the harbour.
"It is not supported by the main cruise ship company, the broader tourism industry or the local community.
"A cruise ship terminal at White Bay will alienate a large area of harbor foreshore and create increased traffic congestion and a poor welcome to Sydney as fleets of buses try to move arriving passengers into the city during peak hour."
Mr Parker is pressing the NSW government to defer any decision to relocate the cruise ship terminal location until it has completed a comprehensive masterplan process for the Bays Precinct with extensive community consultation.
"The community has been promised a masterplan for the Bays Precinct. It is time for the new government to show its commitment to improved urban planning by consulting the community and producing a masterplan," Mr Parker concluded.
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