the government must take immediate action to remedy poor planning decision
By locating the White Bay cruise ship terminal in the middle of a high density residential, family area, the government has effectively placed a massive, dirty power station in the middle of our community with no regulations and no controls. Governments in North America and Europe have recognised the risks to their citizens’ health and have put measures in place to protect them (for example low sulphur fuel (0.1% sulphur) and shore power). No such protections exist at White Bay. What’s more, if there are breaches of the very relaxed limits, then today, there are no consequences for those breaches. They may as well not exist. There was no health impact assessment during the planning phase. Had there been one, then perhaps the community would not be suffering as it is today.
AN UNREGULATED POWER STATION WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE BUILT IN THE MIDDLE OF A HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY, SO WHY POORLY REGULATED CRUISE SHIPS?
White Bay Cruise Terminal is one of the rare cruise terminals in the world which is located in such close proximity to a residential community. In recent decades, governments have approved large volumes of high density residential development which has transformed the area, and industrial operations have disappeared. Cruise ships in North America and Europe face strict regulations to reduce their emissions – we simply call for these world best practices to be implemented in Sydney Harbour.
PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY'S HEALTH MUST BE THE GOVERNMENT'S TOP PRIORITY
The Department of Health was not consulted and did not conduct a health impact assessment during the fast-tracked planning phase of the terminal development in 2010. Cruise ships are dumping tonnes of dangerous emissions on the community today and we are experiencing many of the known health impacts of diesel emissions as a result. Government must act urgently to remove this risk and implement world best practice standards.