When Precinct representatives met with the RMS Principal Manager, Property on 10 October they were told that the developer is expected to lodge its Development Application with Council in 2 to 3 weeks time.
In our letter we warn the Premier Mike Baird that his Government’s agency RMS has told Precinct that they are about to issue consent to the developer to lodge a Development Application for the Berrys Bay marina which we argue fails to protect the unique values of Sydney Harbour. We therefore request the Premier’s urgent intervention to assert the primacy of the Harbour planning instruments, to reset his Government’s commercial goals from the development, and to direct the developer to revise its proposals to work within those parameters.
To read the full letter click on Letter to Premier 8 October 2014
To read Precinct’s response to the letter dated 21 August 2014 from Ray Williams MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads, click on ‘letter-to-Parliamentary-Secretary-for-Transport-Roads-4-Sep-2014’ and attachment insert link to ‘Pacifica Proposal per 7.30 NSW with prior use areas’.
A belated and inadequate response to our long unanswered letters, from Parliamentary Secretary Ray Williams MP writing on behalf of the Minister for Roads and Freight, Duncan Gay MLC – click on ‘Letter from Ray Williams MP‘.
“Apologies we haven’t provided an update sooner, the Development Application is still going through the process required for lodgement and the lodgement date hasn’t been confirmed as yet.
Please be assured that we will be contacting the CRG members once timing for lodgement is confirmed and a meeting of the group will be scheduled”.
Precinct has again written to the Minister for Roads and Freight pointing out that RMS will be in breach of its own policy, if it gives permission for Pacifica Developments to lodge a Development Application which includes a super yacht marina facility in and around the existing disused BP dolphin wharf, because RMS policy expressly stipulates that a proposed development on NSW Maritime’s submerged lands must be a waterside structure with a functional relationship to the use of the adjacent dry or reclaimed land.
To read the full letter click here ‘Letter to Minister for Roads and Freight 15 July 2014‘ and for the attachment referred to in the letter click on ‘Pacifica Proposal per 7:30 NSW annotated‘.
On 30 June 2014 the Community Liaison Manager for Pacifica Developments’ Berrys Bay project provided the following update to members of the developer-appointed Community Reference Group:
“The project team is proceeding through the various steps required prior to lodgement of a development application as is usual under an agreement for lease. These final stages require quite a bit of administrative coordination of all parties involved and we anticipate it will be a few more weeks”.
Precinct has written to the Minister for Finance & Services who is responsible for Government Property NSW (GPNSW), which controls the land component of the Berrys Bay marina site. In the letter Precinct points out that although RMS is the Government’s lead agency managing the marina proposal, GPNSW has responsibility to ensure compliance with the SHREP 2005 legislation to protect the Harbour and its foreshores and to act in the public interest. Precinct requests a meeting while there is still time for the Minister to intervene to ensure the development is brought back to the appropriate scale.
To read the full letter click here Letter to Minister for Finance & Services 24 June 2014 . For the attachment referred to in the letter click on Pacifica’s Berrys Bay Proposal.
Precinct has written another follow-up letter to the Minister, repeating our request that he meet on-site with Precinct representatives to begin a process in which both government and the marina proponent downscale their demands on the Bay and the environment.
The full letter is available on:
Our spokespersons for the Save Berrys Bay campaign have been interviewed on site regarding the Berrys Bay marina issues and it went to air on the ABC1 TV program “7.30 NSW” at 7.30pm Friday 23 May 2014. If you have missed the live broadcast or want to watch it again, it is available on:
“Harbour development weighs up private gain and community pain”