Botany Bay Objection Not Good Enough
11 May 2018
The Sydney Business Chamber has expressed dismay at the NSW Opposition’s blanket objection to the possibility of Botany Bay being developed as Sydney’s third cruise terminal.
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe described the reaction of local members as short-sighted and failing the needs of the broader community.
“Cruising is one of the success stories of tourism growth, contributing $2.7 billion into the Australian economy. Not backing a review into Botany Bay as an option for the large cruise ships is letting down the community and the opportunity to grow the NSW economy,” Mrs Forsythe said.
The Federal Government has committed $300,000 to a review into Botany Bay as an option for Sydney.
“Whilst there is no argument that accessing berths at Garden Island would provide Sydney with the additional capacity it needs, the reality is that after a decade of talk and with major works at Garden Island scheduled in the next five years, other solutions need to be explored or Sydney will find itself bypassed by some of the cruise lines.
“I cannot believe that the objections from the local MPs from Maroubra and Botany Bay were discussed with the Shadow Tourism Minister as it will blow apart their commitment to Sydney and the visitor economy,” Mrs Forsythe said.
“Botany Bay may not be the best option for Sydney in an ideal world but as it stands at the moment it is potentially the only option.
“The NSW Opposition must spell out whether it is committed to the visitor economy and how it will deliver for Sydney and NSW if it is not open to exploring options to resolve the vexed problem of Sydney’s lack of berths for large cruise ships east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge,” Mrs Forsythe said.