Sunday 9th of August 2020

the sydney fish market...


Internal documents about how to spin overdevelopment concerns surrounding the Sydney Fish Markets site have been accidently uploaded online by the NSW Government.


Key points:
  • The internal NSW Government documents included a section on "contentious issues"
  • Moving the Sydney Fish Markets is being fast-tracked
  • The internal documents reveal community concerns about overdevelopment in the area


The "Media Pitch" includes a section titled "Background (for internal use only)" which refers to the Community Reference Group for Blackwattle Bay.

It says the group "includes stakeholders who can be vocal in their insistence on extensive community consultation and have strong working relationships with the City of Sydney".

The document was prepared for today's announcement that the State Government has given the go-ahead for the construction of the new $750 Million Sydney Fish Markets at Blackwattle Bay, adjacent to the existing site.

It says the project, which is set to be finished in 2024, will be fast-tracked. 

The internal talking points say: "There are community concerns that approving the move ... will allow the current site to become over-developed with high rise towers."


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Gus can say that the project offered people a choice of three redevelopment proposals with various options of parkland, low level buildings, warehouse style buildings and this proposal with high rise. The option that Gus voted for was the low level "curvy" atmosphere with more parklands (option 2 on the list). The voting platform seems to be now closed to the public. 


The Sydney fish market which is an "international destination" has been suffering a bit by neglect for many years and the general overall look of the new place seems to be in line with people friendly activities. The new look fish market seems to be architecturally in line with the Marrickville Library which has been a success in this regard. Hopefully the vendors will find their happy spaces there... 

Beware of the seagulls though. Pelicans welcome. 


New look fish market


the boxy proposal...



This was the worst of the proposals...


Picture at top, mudcrabs at the Sydney Fish Market, by Gus Leonisky.

copying an old dud boxy proposal...

The picture above showing the high rise redevelopment of the Sydney Fish Market site is a repeat of this one which luckily, thanks to green bans (thank you Jack Mundey), never happened. Click on the picture to get the link... Let's hope the high rise plan for the SFM is thrown in the bin...




selling the family jewels...

An independent review into the Sydney Harbour Foundation Trust has recommended against long-term plans to transfer the control of historic sites into private hands.

The review, to be released on Thursday, effectively rules out proposals – such as one from art collectors Tony Berg and Danny Goldberg to invest as much as $100 million to convert all of Cockatoo Island into an "art island".


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NSW government pickpockets the workers...

Sydney's commuters will have their public transport fares halved as long as they travel outside peak periods, in sweeping changes to the Opal fare system taking effect from July 6. 


Key points:
  • The discounts will continue for three months
  • After that, a permanent discount of 30 per cent will be introduced on busses and light rail 
  • Commuters are being urged to "retime" their day as coronavirus restrictions ease


The changes, which will affect bus, train, metro and light rail services but not ferries, come amid increasing patronage on public transport as coronavirus restrictions ease across the state.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said people who travelled long distances would save the most.

He said the shake-up was designed to encourage commuters to "retime their day" as thousands of people transition back into workplaces and return to on-campus learning.

Earlier this week, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced increases to the number of people who would be allowed on public transport services, after capacity was cut during the coronavirus crisis due to social-distancing.


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What they don't tell you is that the peak-hour periods have been extended by a couple of hours... Off peak? Think again...

but what about the fish?

Endangered fish species are being routinely sold to Australian and international consumers thanks to a little-known feature of environmental laws that allows for the species to be commercially fished.

Under Australian environmental laws, marine species that are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered are classified as “no take” species, meaning they cannot be sold or exported.

But species such as blue warehou, eastern gemfish and scalloped hammerhead, which are eligible for listing, are instead categorised as “conservation dependent”, meaning they can be caught in Australian waters and sold in shops, fish markets and restaurants, or exported, despite being considered threatened. 

Marine conservationists have long argued for the removal of this category from Australia’s national environment laws — the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act — but its existence has flown beneath the radar for most seafood consumers.

“Most people assume that everything caught in Australia is sustainable,” said Tooni Mahto, a marine biologist and a campaign manager for the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

“People work on the assumption that anything endangered is not for sale.”

Nicola Beynon of Humane Society International said the category was there for “political expediency”.

“It’s a special category just for commercially fished species to avoid giving them protection that they actually qualify for because they’re commercially valuable,” Beynon said.


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powerhouse bullshit from ms berejiklian...

The construction union has weighed in to the campaign to save two heritage buildings slated for demolition to make way for the new Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta.


Key points:
  • Two Victorian period buildings will be flattened to make way for the Powerhouse Museum
  • The construction union has urged the State Government to listen to dissenting residents
  • NSW Premier has stood by the plans to bulldoze, citing lack of community engagement


CFMEU NSW announced a green ban over the buildings and called on contractors to abide by it.

The move intensifies a campaign to preserve the buildings — Willow Grove, a two-storey heritage villa, and St George's Terrace, a row of modest Victorian period homes.

Darren Greenfield, Secretary of the CFMEU's Construction Branch, has called on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to save the properties.

"These green bans mean no work can be done to destroy these historically significant sites," Mr Greenfield said.

"We hope the Government listens to the people of this community, which are many, that are against the destruction of these buildings.

"We will be here standing in defence of these buildings for whatever it takes into the future."

Suzette Meade from the North Parramatta Resident's Action Group said people would stand firm with the union.

"The Premier should be under no illusion that if a finger is laid on any of these buildings, the community of Parramatta and heritage lovers from all over New South Wales, will put themselves in front of machinery to save them."

Cheryl Bates from the National Trusts Parramatta Branch said environment and heritage impact statements identified the properties at "highly significant" to the Parramatta area, but didn't investigate their adaptive reuse.

The Premier deflected a question about the fate of the buildings earlier today, saying "we've made our position on that clear from the beginning".

Last February Ms Berejiklian told Parliament that "…we asked every single person who bid for the project to put forward a proposal that protected that heritage house.

"Unfortunately, that was not able to occur."


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WHAT? The government did not insist that the historical cottage be preserved because : "…we asked every single person who bid for the project to put forward a proposal that protected that heritage house... Unfortunately, that was not able to occur."


WHAT BULLSHIT IS THAT???? As well the original location of the Museum is a magnificent building of an old power station and the Museum SHOULD NOT BE SHIFTED to Parramatta anyway. Build a new MAS exhibition place there should you wish, but keep the collection at the Ph Museum intact. Please! Please?...


Now watch the Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen tactics during the night — sending the bulldozers when no-one is looking... or a couple of kids with a petrol can and some matches...




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heritage museum alla berejiklian...



Another brilliant cartoon from Cathy Wilcox...


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reprieve... we approve...

Well we never! Premier Berejiklian’s reversal on the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum would do the famous Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci proud. Up on the bar she wobbles momentarily, steadies for stability and just when no one was expecting it . . . up and over she goes! For it was indeed an enormous backflip, in the pike position, degree of difficulty 2.3. . . though we are yet to see just how she lands, and just why. The only thing we can say for certain is that the Premier has at least shown she will listen to reason on a move that always seemed to lack logic, which is the good news. If she is in a listening mood, listening to logic on pill testing at summer music festivals should be the next step.



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