Pyrmont residents have expressed concerns that proposed large industrial ship building and repair activities at 3 Bank Street will create noise and pollution, reduce public open space amenity, restrict foreshore access, and risk passive boating safety.
On 5 March I met local residents at the site who told me Sydney Heritage Fleet (SHF) originally identified Goat Island, or potentially Cockatoo Island, as locations for industrial shipping activities.
I also inspected the old shipping containers where unemployed and at-risk individuals restore heritage boats as part of the Pyrmont Heritage Boating Club, which needs a permanent workshop on the site.
The SHF received community support in the past for a shopfront and small cruises at the site but the size of proposals has increased and no longer complies with the 2006 approved Bank Street Master Plan which identifies the site for passive boating and recreation.
In reply to my Question in Parliament, the Planning and Infrastructure Minister agreed to work with the City to find appropriate sites for both the SHF and the Pyrmont Heritage Boating Club.
Click HERE to read my speech in Parliament.