Greens MP and Ports and Waterways spokesperson Cate Faehrmann has called on the opposition and government to commit to a full review of waterfront landholding regulations if elected in March.
“Sydney residents will not cop their harbour being signed away to wealthy waterfront landholders by a dying Labor government,” Ms Faehrmann said.
“Both the government and opposition should commit to returning the foreshore to the community, not privatising it.
“The Premier should step in to resolve this dispute within cabinet and act on behalf of the broader Sydney community with an immediate halt to the signing of any more leases.
“However, I think it’s very unlikely that the Coalition will make a change in this area next year if elected in March. Multi-millionaires and blue ribbon estates with exclusive access won’t look kindly on any move to give the people back their harbour.
“The harbour is starting to return to health after more than a century of industrial abuse, yet is now fast becoming a boating carpark.
“Sydney doesn’t need more private jettys and luxury boats which prevent the less wealthy from enjoying what should belong to everyone – our natural environment,” said Ms Faehrmann.
The Greens want a cumulative impact study to be undertaken to assess the environmental and social impact of more and larger boats using the harbour.