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Submission for: The new Sydney Fish Market - Concept and Stage 1


Save Our Bays

GLEBE, New South Wales


Our major concerns relate to:
The new Fish Market is to be relocated to Bridge Road from its current site, a busy road from the city through Glebe to a number of suburbs with little real consideration for the capacity of public transport or the impact on traffic or local parking or walking and public access to the foreshore.
Once the new Sydney Fish Market is constructed, visitor numbers are expected to double to 6 million a year but there is no plan for major additional local public transport improvements. The plan lists public transport options as:
o A single new on-demand ferry stop - this ferry only has the capacity to carry 60 passengers and will not be able to accommodate a majority of new visitors.
o Existing three light rail stops - light rail services are already often at or over capacity especially through Pyrmont into the city.
o New, undescribed bus routes – the Environmental Impact Statement lists that this will be ‘investigated’ but provides no detail or commitment.
o Planned Sydney Metro stop at White Bay – this stop is over 30 minutes’ walk away and doesn’t provide a realistic transport option for most visitors.
• Without significant public transport improvements, visitors will be forced to drive, causing increased traffic and congestion in Bridge and Wentworth Park Roads. This intersection will be the only point of entry and exit for all cars, taxis, Ubers, coaches, emergency, delivery and service vehicles.
• The current proposal will not include any additional parking spaces, keeping the parking on site at 417 spaces only. This means additional visitors are likely to park in Glebe’s residential streets.
• There is no provision for waiting coaches to park, other than in local residential streets.
• The transport modelling that has been completed for this project does not account for the impact of the proposed development of over 2,700 new apartments on the site of the old Sydney Fish Market which will add to local traffic congestion, public transport over-crowding and local parking stress.

The new Sydney Fish Market should be built on the existing site as the new location restricts public access to the harbour and the motivation for moving is simply to profit from the development of thousands of new apartments on the old site.
• The current design severely restricts public access to the foreshore in Glebe. The building has been billed as part of a day-long walking experience from Woolloomooloo through Darling Harbour to Glebe but the foreshore walk actually forces pedestrians into the Fish Market building rather than continuing outside.
This public consultation does not consider in any way the proposed development of over 2,700 new apartments on the site of the old Sydney Fish Market. This development will be necessitated by the relocation and redevelopment of the current Fish Market and must be considered alongside it so the cumulative impacts can be established.

LOSS OF AMENITY – We finally have the opportunity to deliver a unique natural amenity where Wentworth Park meets The Bay. The Government leaves no legacy to those generations if its short term motivation is speculative land development coupled with building over water and it shows once again that it is governed by economic considerations rather than quality of life for its citizens.