what's been happening?
Armed with the overwhelming evidence of action that governments in the northern hemisphere have taken to protect their citizens, residents have met with members of all sides of the NSW parliament (including Member for Balmain Jamie Parker and Minister for the Environment, Rob Stokes), government agencies including the NSW EPA, Sydney South West Area Health, NSW Health, the Department of Planning, the Port Authority of NSW (previously Sydney Ports) and Leichhardt Council.
THE NSW EPA AND THE MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The NSW Environmental Protection Authority is the regulator for shipping emissions and has responded to community concerns in a number of ways, including:
NSW PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY
The NSW Upper House Parliamentary Inquiry into the Performance of the EPA has included the regulation of the White Bay Cruise Terminal as one of its case studies.
The Inquiry has received many submissions from concerned residents, as well as the EPA. At hearings on 13th October and 24th November 2014, it heard directly from Leichhardt Council, and residents about the impacts on the community. On 20th October 2014, the committee visited the site to experience the pollution first hand and speak to a larger group of residents.
On 13 February 2015, the committee released its report which validated the community's health concerns and made a series of recommendations. Click here to read more.
SYDNEY PORTS (now PORT AUTHORITY OF NSW)
Sydney Ports is responsible for operating the Cruise Terminals. As the proponent for the development application for the White Bay Cruise Terminal, it was a key player in the fast-tracked approval process in 2010/2011.
Minister for Ports, Duncan Gay, made the following statement in parliament in response to a question from Luke Foley.
STATE MEMBER FOR BALMAIN
Residents have met with Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain on numerous occasions and he has spoken at community meetings and in parliament. You can read more about his actions here.
THE NSW DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING
The NSW Department of Planning was the consent authority with respect to construction of the White Bay Cruise Terminal. It is now responsible for ensuring that noise pollution complies with the development consent.
We know that 75% of the ships at White Bay have breached the noise pollution limits since the terminal opened in 2013. There have been no penalties for these ships.
Residents have met with Leichhardt Councillors and attended council meetings. You can read about some of Council's activities here.