The Save Berrys Bay campaign is being conducted by Waverton Precinct Committee in association with Lavender Bay and Union Precincts. Each Precinct Committee is run by elected members of the local community within North Sydney Council’s Community Engagement framework.
Waverton Precinct initiated the Save Berrys Bay campaign in 2009, with the support of North Sydney Council and then local State Member Jillian Skinner, in response to the public announcement by developer Meridien Marinas and NSW Maritime of a proposed massive overdevelopment of Berrys Bay. This proposed development would have squeezed onto the harbourside site a massive business park with four times more office and retail space than permitted by under planning controls. But the controversial Part 3A planning controls then applying to such State significant projects meant that normal planning controls did not apply and the Minister for Planning was to be the consent authority. The community campaigned against the proposal to good effect, culminating in an onsite public meeting which unanimously opposed the proposal. As a result, with the change of Government in 2011, the developer revised his proposal for the site, reducing the size and scale of buildings on the foreshore, increasing open space and retaining the site’s heritage structures including the Woodley’s main shed, but at the same time increasing on-water usage.
Following a long campaign, the latest DA (260/15) was rejected by the JRPP in May 2016. However, instead of the proponent’s role being cancelled after this failure to achieve an approved DA, the proponent has foreshadowed another DA. As a result, the SaveBerrysBay group remains intact and will continue to resist proposals until one is lodged which meets community expectations. Further, new plans being evolved regarding the mooted Western Harbour Tunnel foreshadow more threats to the Waverton Peninsula require a voice and a watchful eye for the community, so our role continues.
Representatives of the SaveBerrysBay committee can be reached on: