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Work To Start On New Sydney Cruise Terminal

Posted by: Alan

Sydney port authorities are going to start work this month on a cruise terminal at White Bay, despite industry and local government opposition to the project, the Sydney Morning Herald reports today.

At the same time, Leichhardt Council, where the site is located, says it will fight the move, claiming the project will lead to traffic pollution and restrict public access to the harbour foreshore, the paper says.

News of the go-ahead by Sydney Ports also comes as the tourism industry awaits the findings of an independent review relating to Sydney cruise ship needs.

Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced several months ago that Dr Allan Hawke had been appointed to assess whether cruise ships can be given access to Navy-controlled Garden Island.

Garden Island is seen by cruise operators as the only viable berthing site (other than Circular Quay) for large liners east of the Harbour Bridge.

The biggest ships cannot access berths west of the bridge, which is where White Bay is located.

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