An excellent crowd of 400 people attended a very successful rally on Sunday 30 August protesting the scale of the proposed superyacht marina in Berrys Bay. Speakers included Genia McCaffery (former North Sydney Mayor), Ian Kiernan AO (Founder & Chairman of Clean-Up Australia, Patron of Friends of Sydney Harbour), Zoe Baker (North Sydney Councillor), Bruce Donald AM (Waverton Precinct spokesman) and Jilly Gibson (North Sydney Mayor).
The message from all speakers was that it is up to members of the community to make their individual submissions to North Sydney Council by 7 September so that the decision makers understand the breadth of community feeling against losing such a large proportion of the scarce resource of open water which is available on Sydney Harbour, and in particular in Berrys Bay.
If you value this wonderful public asset please lodge a submission by Monday 7th September – details on www.saveberrysbay.org.au/how can you help?
STOP SUPERYACHTS COVERING UP BERRYS BAY
Berrys Bay – Before
Berrys Bay – After
154 BOATS FOR BERRYS BAY:
34 SUPERYACHTS 25M TO 45M
+50 LARGE YACHTS 15M TO 24M
+ 70 MORE BOATS IN DRY STACK ON LAND
+ 113 CAR PARKING SPACES
Private marina developer proposes to cover the public harbour waters of Berrys Bay and block views of the bushland of the new Carradah Park and headland with huge private yachts
From Waverton Park Oval…
and with superyachts
PUBLIC MEETING SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST 11 AM
COAL LOADER – BALLS HEAD
ARRANGED BY WAVERTON PRECINCT
WITH LAVENDER BAY AND UNION PRECINCTS
SUPPORTED BY FRIENDS OF SYDNEY HARBOUR
SENSITIVE DEVELOPMENT NOT OVER-DEVELOPMENT
Berrys Bay Marina, a member of the Meridien Group, has lodged with North Sydney Council a DA for a massive marina development of Berrys Bay covering over 50% more water area than ever leased in the Bay.
This proposal would have a major impact on Sydney Harbour and Berrys Bay and on residents of Lavender Bay, Union and Waverton Precincts. It would undermine the quiet charm of this treasured recreational area enjoyed by the people of Sydney and visitors.
For over two decades Waverton Precinct and others have worked hard with North Sydney Council on the former industrial lands on Waverton Peninsula. We have won back the magnificent Carradah Park, formerly the BP Site, and the enormously successful Coal Loader Centre.
We have actively encouraged appropriate scale development of the waterfront industrial land in Berrys Bay. However any redevelopment must be consistent with the iconic status of Berrys Bay as Sydney Harbour foreshore and part of the natural and heritage status of Waverton Peninsula.
We believe the massive over-development proposed will undermine the values of the rare and scenic Waverton Peninsula.
IF YOU VALUE THIS WONDERFUL PUBLIC ASSET:
- Find extensive information on The Save Berrys Bay website www.saveberrysbay.org.au
- Read the DA in detail on North Sydney Council’s website DA Tracker under 260/2015 or 10/2015/260. A model is on display at Council offices.
- Attend the major public meeting being convened by Waverton Precinct to provide detailed information to the public and assist in submissions which close on 7th September.
- The Public Meeting will be on the open space across the road from the Coal Loader on 30th August at 11 am. Before and after the meeting Waverton Precinct members will be available to walk with people around the site and to provide more detailed information.
- Make a submission, however brief, to Council before 7th September:- General Manager, North Sydney Council, PO Box 12, North Sydney 2059 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Public assets do not defend themselves. It is crucial that as many members of the public as possible lodge submissions opposing this overdevelopment.
The DA will be reviewed by North Sydney Council but will be determined by a Joint Regional Planning Panel following the conclusion of the exhibition and submission period.
DON’T LEAVE IT TO OTHERS IF YOU LOVE THE AMBIENCE AND BEAUTY OF LOVELY
The DA has gone “live” from 7th August 2015 and will close on the 7th September 2015. It’s number is D260/2015.
The full development application and the accompanying documents including the environmental impact statement can be inspected at the North Sydey Council Chambers between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Also the North Sydney Council’s website www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au provides access to plans showing external elements of the proposal and supporting documentation via the website’s DA tracking system
Development Application 135/2015 was lodged with North Sydney Council on 6 May 2015 by Berry’s Bay Marina Pty Ltd, and loaded onto Council’s website. However, on 14 May 2015 Council inserted a new line into the Application Details on the website – “Determined: 14/05/2015 Cancelled”. We understand the DA has been rejected by Council because of technical non-compliance and requires amendment before re-lodging. We do not know how long that process may take. There is no mention of this lodgement and cancellation on the developer’s website http://talkberrysbay.com.au/ .
You can view the DA as loaded on Council’s website by entering 135/2015 on Council’s DA Tracking webpage.
In a letter to Waverton residents dated 23 March 2015 local Member Jillian Skinner writes: “RMS advises that the DA will be lodged in April as a 3D model of the proposed development required by North Sydney Council is still being made”.
As far as we know Pacifica Developments have still not lodged the Development Application for assessment by North Sydney Council officers on behalf of the Joint Regional Planning Panel. Precinct has not received any update from the developer’s Community Liaison Manager since her email of 3rd December 2014 (see below).
Precinct has written to Duncan Gay, Minister for Ports & Freight, pointing out the failure of RMS to properly observe the conditions which it should have followed to mitigate environmental impacts of its recent partial demolition of the western wharf and the eastern T-wharf in Berrys Bay. RMS appears to have failed in its fundamental duty to protect the marine environment of this highly sensitive site. Precinct has requested a guarantee that RMS will ensure that the conditions of the applicable Review of Environmental Factors will be properly observed in the demolition and removal of the remaining on-water structures.
To read the full letter click Letter to Minister for Ports re demolition of wharves 6 March 2015.
3rd. December 2014
Waverton Community Reference Group received an email from Petra Fowler, Community Liaison Manager, Berrys Bay Proposed Maritime Precinct that advised:
Given that the holiday season is now coming up very quickly it has been decided to lodge the development application in the new year.
We would like to avoid an exhibition period during school holidays when people are away and in holiday mode to ensure all interested residents and stakeholders have the opportunity to view the proposal and make comment.
Precinct representatives at a Waverton Peninsula Working Group meeting on 14 October 2014 learnt that RMS had now given the green light permitting the developer to lodge its Development Application (DA) with Council, and that the developer was now expected to lodge the DA within 4 to 5 weeks. This indicates DA lodgement in mid-November, which would result in the DA public consultation and submission period spanning the Xmas/New Year holiday season.
From RMS we learnt that the DA proposal would include a super yacht facility on the dolphin wharf for 13 super yachts (up to 40 metres long), which would be linked to Woodleys Cove by an access way capable of carrying motorised vehicles to provision the super yachts. In Woodleys Cove there would be 71 boats in marina berths on-water, and between 38 and 60 boats in dry stack in the Woodleys shed/on trailers within the bund wall car park. This indicates that all up there would be in excess of 140 boats parked at the Berrys Bay marina.