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.
Like the world-class Sydney Opera House and Barangaroo sites, Glebe Island has the potential to become a major destination in the iconic Sydney Harbour.
A stunning future for Glebe Island
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).
Glebe Island has the potential to provide billions of dollars worth of economic value to Sydney’s economy each year as a tourism, innovation and high-value employment hub. Similar harbourfront destinations like Barangaroo inject $1.5 billion into the NSW economy each year(3).
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. 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.
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(4).
The NSW Government has backflipped on its promise for Glebe Island. Sydney deserves Glebe Island to become an iconic waterfront destination like the world-class Opera House and Barangaroo sites.
The terrible impacts
The industrialisation of Glebe Island will be an eyesore on the Sydney Harbour, devaluing Sydney’s harbour views and negatively impacting tourism, including the $5 billion cruise industry(5).
Thousands of trucks will be added to the surrounding roads each and every day, centralising congestion around already busy arterial roads including the City West Link, ANZAC Bridge and Victoria Rd. Tens of thousands of commuters from all over Sydney will be affected with major traffic delays and loss of productivity. The additional traffic congestion on the roads will create noise and air pollution affecting tens of thousands of Sydney families and commuters(6).
The plans for the site will have environmental impacts including noise, visual and air pollution affecting tens of thousands of Sydneysiders(7).
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(6) Traffic study