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The information below was presented at our information sessions hosted late 2019. You can download a copy of the display boards here.
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Many people have fond memories of family times and want their children to be able to enjoy the area the way they have done in the past.
Yarra Bay is treasured for its unique calm waters, which make it great for swimming, including for children and older people.
The community values Yarra Bay as their local beach for its scenery, fauna, outlook and peaceful nature.
Locals see this terminal as part of a wider trend towards development in the area, which is placing increasing pressure on local infrastructure.
"Will the project build new natural recreation areas of this scale to replace what is lost to the local community?"
"I love spending time here with friends in summer months…and the little boat that comes in with ice creams and drinks"
"Lovely place to lie in the sun, collect seashells, walk along the beach, watch other people having fun"
The design of any potential cruise terminal will preserve recreational uses where possible.
In other terminals operated by Port Authority, including those in Sydney Harbour, waterside restricted zones are in place only on cruise days. This means recreational vessels can not approach within 50m of a ship on cruise days.
There are no restricted zones on non-cruise days.
Any design of a terminal would also consider high-energy wave climates and other hydrodynamic conditions on valued activities such as sailing, kayaking and fishing.
Potential options for future planning include:
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Yarra Bay is valued as a viewing spot for passing dolphins and whales.
Yarra Bay’s waters are valued for their marine life and as a habitat for species including seals, penguins, pygmy pipehorse, redfingered anglerfish and weedy seadragon.
"Great diving location with great diversity of marine life and aquatic plants and soft corals. It’s a delicate marine environment"
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The area is recognised for its rich cultural history, both for Aboriginal people and non- Aboriginal people, who have deep family links to the local area, including around La Perouse and Bare Island.
We heard the La Perouse people are ‘salt water’ people and that maintaining a connection to the waters of Yarra Bay is fundamental to identity and for future generations.
Locals feel linked to the area through connections with the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park.
"My relatives are buried in this cemetery and our extended family visit often to pay their respects"
"This is where we were taught about local Aboriginal cultures and how to connect with the land. This place holds lots of historical importance to locals"
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Existing transport options in the area are already constrained.
Links to the Sydney CBD via public transport are poor.
There is a desire for a public transport-led solution, such as improved bus connectivity, light rail extension, or metro or heavy rail.
"Our roads are already over congested, public transport in and out of the area is poor"
Should the cruise terminal project be approved, the terminal would be supported by investments and upgrades to transport and traffic networks that could help improve traffic more broadly in the local area.
We are working with Transport for NSW to investigate ways to reduce traffic impacts and help ensure future transport strategies covering the South East region consider the traffic and transport needs of a potential cruise terminal and other proposed developments.
Potential options for future planning include operational measures such as:
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There is a perceived tension between economic gain for private interests and significance of the proposal for an area valued by ‘every day local people’.
"How will this project add value or add some benefit to the surrounding areas of Molineux Point and Yarra Bay?"
"Yarra Bay Sailing Club is an institution with a vibrant and long history. It is a cultural hub and meeting place for members and guests"
A key additional benefit of cruise comes from the pre and post cruise activities of passengers and from providing support services to crew.
There are many wider economic benefits associated with a potential terminal and cruise operations – for example, cruise lines increasingly focus on providoring ships with locally-sourced food and wine.
The project will consider local economic opportunities that may arise from the potential terminal, such as integration with local businesses and tour operators. Should the project progress, these opportunities would be more fully explored.