Port Expansion

Penrhyn Spit 2003

One of the main groups opposing the Port Botany Expansion was the Botany Bay and Catchment Alliance (BBACA).  The Alliance was formed as an outcome of the Botany Bay Program 

The Botany Bay Studies Unit at UNSW was also formed in response to this program.


BBACA was incorporated on the 21st November 2001 and was successful in obtaining grants from the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre (SSEC) and the Southern Sydney Region of Councils (SSROC).  It’s first major battle was the Port Botany Expansion.  The BBACA website was established in 2002.  A few pages are still available through web archives and provide details on the early operations (list of member, news items, submissions)  – BACCA web pages from 2002

Penrhyn boat ramp 2003

One of the proposed alternatives at Port Botany was for a cycleway connecting Green Square to a recreation area which would include bushfood cafe and cultural centre and fishing facilities for disabled – Daringyan Park Proposal  Instead Botany lost its beach, 7.5 million cubic metres was dredge and 63 ha. reclaimed from Botany Bay………… and Sydney gained more container trucks …. and more reason to establish intermodal terminals at Enfield and Moorebank along with connections via an expanded road network eg.Westconnex.

Penrhyn birds 2003

Penrhyn saltmarsh 2003

Both Newcastle and Port Kembla had made bids for port development and in the case of Newcastle the city had been identified in the Ports Growth Plan of 2003.