White Bay cruise ship terminal welcome say union

By: Chris Smith


A new service ferrying tourists into the Hungry Mile and Circular Quay from the proposed international cruise line terminal at

A new service ferrying tourists into the Hungry Mile and Circular Quay from the proposed international cruise line terminal at White Bay would be a stunning attraction and a big plus for the industry, according to MUA Sydney Branch Secretary Warren Smith.

The union ridiculed suggestions that White Bay was not an appropriate site or that local residents rejected the proposal.

"Balmain residents have assured us they support a working harbour," Smith says.

"And what a spectacular entry to Sydney, first by ship, then by ferry. It would be an unforgettable experience and a real draw card."

Smith says a new ferry service would also alleviate much of the potential traffic congestion critics of the move raised. He said trucks servicing the cruise ships would be only a fraction of those required when White Bay was a working stevedoring berth - about 30 per departure compared to the 30 every hour.

"So it is minimal amounts of traffic we are talking about," he says.

"What’s more we could introduce light rail to help transit of people, even goods.

"We support the maintenance of the working harbour and the transfer of the passenger vessels to White Bay.

"So long as the facility is suitably upgraded, the move would be a welcome addition to the harbour and a great tourist attraction."

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