Overdevelopment of the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, a ‘sea grab’ by Lend Lease to build a hotel in the harbor and the loss of an important shipping port in Sydney’s CBD will be the focus of mediation talks this morning over the controversial Barangaroo site.
Australians for Sustainable Development will meet with Planning Minister Brad Hazzard, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Lend Lease this morning for mediation talks, following a parliamentary debate last night which resulted in an important step toward addressing community concerns.
On the floor of parliament last night, the Planning Minister made a welcome commitment to ensure remediation of contamination at Barangaroo will comply with environmental guidelines that apply to all other developments in NSW.
Community groups remain concerned about the proposed overdevelopment of Sydney Harbour foreshore, retention and location of the cruise ship terminal, plans for the headland park, and the hotel in the water with its subdivision of the harbor. These will be the key points discussed in mediation talks this morning.
“We welcome the announcement that contamination at Barangaroo will now be remediated in accordance with NSW environmental guidelines, as it should be,” said Australians for Sustainable Development spokesperson and City of Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor, Clr Marcelle Hoff.
“Todays mediation talks are a good first step and we remain optimistic. It is the interests of all parties to find agreed solutions to the planning issues plaguing this development.
“There are a number of other steps we need to go through including the next court case regarding the extent of modifications made to the original design, and we should not forget that the Government has stated publically that it is willing to review this project,” said Clr Hoff.
There are now 12,000 people who have signed petitions asking for a government commitment to a Special Commission of Inquiry into Barangaroo.
“The parliamentary debate last night was disappointing for those 12,000 NSW residents because in essence what we heard was a watered-down series of assurances that Lend Lease can continue business as usual.
“AfSD will continue to collect signatures on petitions because every action brings us one step closer to a Special Commission of Inquiry into Barangaroo,” said Clr Hoff.
“This development is too important for Sydney’s economic and social future to just rush it through,” said Clr Hoff.
The next AfSD court action is scheduled to commence on Monday 16 May.
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