Located under the Anzac Bridge and surrounded by White Bay, Johnstons Bay and Rozelle Bay, Glebe Island is one of the few places in Sydney where both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the ANZAC Bridge are fully visible and enjoys extensive unspoiled harbourfront.
A stunning future for Glebe Island abandoned
For many years, Glebe Island has been at the centre of plans to renew The Bays Precinct, an area just 2 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD which enjoys 5.5 kilometres of harbourfront and 94 hectares of waterways in the Sydney Harbour(1).
The NSW Government declared The Bays Precinct a Growth Centre in 2017, recommitting to plans to turn the area into a hub for Sydneysiders and tourists alike, complete with stunning waterfront destinations, new open public spaces, community hubs, recreation and cultural facilities, and a major employment centre for thousands of high-value ‘jobs of the future’, as set out in the 2015 Transformation Plan(2).
Another broken promise by the NSW Government
In January 2018, the Port Authority of NSW announced plans to turn Glebe Island into a long-term, heavy industrial shipping, storage and construction site. The multi-user facility will be used for the import, storage and distribution of dry bulk materials.
Despite suggesting the plans are necessary to meet the immediate needs of Sydney’s infrastructure and urban renewal boom, the Port Authority of NSW has suggested the facility could operate for a period of up to 30 years(3).
Hanson Concrete has also announced plans to open a Concrete Batching Plant and bulk aggregate distribution facility adjacent to the multi-user facility on Glebe Island. Hanson denies the self-evident adverse environmental impacts of its project and offers no meaningful mitigation for those impacts. We believe the project should not be approved.
The NSW Government has backflipped on its promise for Glebe Island.
What can be done?
Now is our final chance to prevent Glebe Island becoming an ugly and noisy eyesore. We believe there are four initiatives which will help:
1. A curfew on arrivals & departures
There should be a curfew on ships arriving and departing Glebe Island between 9pm and 7am to reduce noise pollution.
2. A curfew on ships moored at Glebe Island
There should be a curfew on ships moored at berth 1 and 2 at Glebe Island running their engines between 9pm and 7am to allow residents to sleep uninterrupted.
3. Community input into design
The Multi User Facility must not become an unsightly steel or concrete shed, the community must have input into the design.
4. Visual impacts to be considered
If the Hanson Concrete Plant goes ahead it must not be an eyesore and should be designed well. A wall of shipping containers simply doesn't cut it.
Join us in the fight to protect Glebe Island.