The government has finally agreed to install shore power at the White Bay Cruise Terminal and Glebe Island industrial site.
We have worked hard for this outcome over many years. My submissions, questions in Parliament and meetings with ministers have argued that shore power will stop ships running generators, preventing noise, light and air pollution, and reducing emissions. Four connections points will be provided at Glebe Island and one at White Bay > HERE.
We also need shore power at the Overseas Passenger Terminal where massive cruise ships affect amenity and health in adjacent homes and businesses in The Rocks. Cruise ships return to Sydney in May and there is a way to do this with fewer impacts.
The minister’s response to my 2020 questions in Parliament showed that the Port Authority was updating evidence about costs and benefits > HERE, and I will follow up again with the minister and NSW Port Authority.
With Lord Mayor Clover Moore, I continue to push for temporary air quality stations at Circular Quay to assess cruise ship impacts on air quality. This is now urgent.