At the opening of the Foreshore Road Boat Ramp in September, the NSW Treasurer and Ports Minister,Eric Roozendaal, declared that the Port was the ‘BACKBONE OF THE NSW ECONOMY’. Effectively, the rest of the NSW would be a bit wobbly without it. But the port and its operations have come at a high cost to local communities suffering the environmental and amenity losses in addition to the traffic, noise and air pollution impacts.
On the positive side, the Sydney Ports Corporation have the potential to improve the environment and the recreational amenity in and around Botany Bay. It will just take ‘cultural change’ and ‘political will’.
(Photograph: The recently completed Sydney Ports Operations Centre on Brotherson Dock houses a number of Ports staff formerly located on Sydney Harbour.)