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Where is Glebe Island?

Glebe Island is located under the Anzac Bridge and is surrounded by White Bay, Johnstons Bay and Rozelle Bays. It used to be a major unloading port for imported cars and containers.


It 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. 

What could Glebe Island become?

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.


In fact, this is exactly what the NSW Government proposed for Glebe Island as part of the 2015 Transformation Plan which recommended the area be turned 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’.

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Glebe Island Indicative Plan - Review the large image here and the plan here.

How will the proposal affect traffic congestion?

An independent study reveals that the plans for Glebe Island will add thousands of trucks each day to the surrounding roads, 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.

Was the community consulted about the proposal?

Community consultation has been very limited.


The multi-user facility which is three times the size and footprint of the Hanson Concrete Batching Plant and would be directly adjacent to it, has not been classified as a State Significant Development, but the Hanson Concrete Batching Plant has. State Significant Developments are considered to have State significance due to their size, economic value or potential impact and require the submission of a Development Application (DA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). They are independently assessed and determined by the Department of Planning (DOP) through a transparent public process and require community consultation.


Sydneysiders deserve to have a say about what happens to our iconic harbourfront and they haven’t been given a chance. Worse, the plans are a backflip on the commitments the NSW Government made in the 2015 Transformation Plan. Sydneysiders are sick of not being listened to by our politicians.

Why have the multi-user facility and Hanson concrete batching plant proposals been assessed so differently?

A proposal as significant as the multi-user facility should be independently assessed, but it hasn't been.

The multi-user facility has not been subject to any independent scrutiny on its potential impact. Instead, the Port Authority of NSW self-assessed the environmental impacts through the Review of Environmental Impacts Report.


The Port Authority of NSW has a responsibility to submit their proposal to be assessed independently. The proposed multi-user facility is too enormous and significant a proposal in terms of scale, effective use of public land and environmental consequences to be allowed to be assessed and approved by its own applicant.

Is Glebe Island the only option for the multi-user facility?

We believe that the Port Authority of NSW has other options for the location of the multi-user facility such as NSW’s world-class ports at Port Kembla or Newcastle.

Who’s behind the Don’t Waste Glebe Island campaign?

In March 2018, concerned local residents formed the group behind the Don't Waste Glebe Island (DWGI) campaign, the Jackson Landing Coalition. Understanding that the waste of Sydney’s harbourfront affects all Sydneysiders, we launched this campaign so that all concerned Sydneysiders can have a voice about what should happen to Glebe Island.

How can I help?

Join the fight to protect Sydney’s waterfront and prevent another planning disaster in NSW. Find out how you can help here.