If it smells fishy and corrupt, it is. And so yet another Australian icon, the famously popular Sydney Fish Market, is to be trashed by the Liberal Party to make way for more ugly Chinese and their ugly highrise.
According to Liberal Party Treasurer Scott Morrison a few months ago, Australians should have no concern at foreign investment and immigration. Rather they should embrace it to get rich.
How out of touch is Scomo! How many young Australians living in urban Australia have any hope of affording a home without fleeing to woop woop?
Once again, in Sydney this time, we witness the process at work. An area of inner city Sydney is to be the subject of high density housing with the building partly done by a Chinese corporation. We may reasonably expect a wave of Chinese immigrants and Chinese and other foreign students.
The area in question also embraces a greyhound track (surprise: greyhound racing has now been banned in New South Wales) and is adjacent to a former racing track now developed.
Australians are waking to the model of progress spouted by the Scott Morrisons. This is not progress (sic) but a type of recolonisation.
Locals in affected areas are expected to protest.
Rumour: the adjacent public housing areas of Glebe may now also be targeted for high density housing. Like Waterloo – the big relocation of pensioners and disadvantaged Australians?
Sydney Fish Market to be Demolished
The Sydney Fish Market will be redeveloped by one of the Liberal Party’s bribing donors into a high-rise precinct containing the equivalent number of dwellings as 10 of the residential towers slated for Barangaroo, government documents reveal.
Urban Growth NSW, a Liberal Party private Sydney-centric construct was set up to promote highrise across Sydney, mainly for Chinese to swamp the city.
It exists to drive housing supply to feed mass immigration. Urban Growth NSW predictably forecasts up to 2760 new dwellings will be built at the Bays Market District, a thin strip of waterfront land encompassing the fish market, car park and refrigerated truck unloading dock.
Think Hong Kong.
The redevelopment site is opposite Wentworth Park, where the Department of Education is building a “pop-up” school on a greyhound racetrack to house 300 primary students while Ultimo Public School is redeveloped into a highrise.
The familiar pedestrian scale Fish Market is to replaced with a massive asian-run Tsukiji Fish Market style selling imported seafood only.
No more Aussie prawn industry
The Liberal Party’s multicultural policy has surrounding suburbs of Pyrmont, Ultimo, Broadway and Haymarket flagged to be a Chinese ghetto.
Greens MLC David Shoebridge expressed surprise at the residential density proposed for the fish markets, and said it was “mind-boggling” this population growth wasn’t being taken into account in the department’s planning for the inner city school. And forget affordable childcare.
“This is a tiny footprint in which they are going to shoe-horn 10-and-a-half of those Barangaroo towers. There has been no transparency. If that did happen, it would overwhelm that part of the city,” he said.
So NSW taxpayers are to fund a new $250 million what they call a ‘mixed use residential development‘ where the Fish Market is situated.
For whose benefit? Not Sydneysiders.
The number of new dwellings slated for the fish market is more than double the dwellings recently built at the larger Harold Park site in Glebe. The rat-swinging shipping container apartment designs were by Andrew La, targeting the Chinese investor-cum-immigrant market.
“Although official housing projections have not been released, a potential outcomes document (provided by UrbanGrowth NSW to the Department of Education in 2015) indicates that up to 2760 dwellings could be located in the Bays Market District,” a department of education submission to a NSW parliamentary inquiry states.
Urban Growth chief executive David Pitchford (a Liberal Party supporter) says that apartments at the Sydney Fish Market could match the height of apartment towers in Pyrmont, and be built “over, around and on top of facilities that exist”, including the fish market and nearby boat sheds.
NSW Premier Mike Bairds hates Sydneysiders so much he is replacing their houses with highrise and filling them with Chinese.
Pyrmont is already the most dense postcode in Australia, with 14,000 people per square kilometre. Residents have expressed concern to the upper house inquiry into city schools that schools and transport are not keeping up with the population explosion.
Brookfield Multiplex and Chinese developer Dahua previously made unsolicited proposals to develop the land around the fish market, but the Baird government rejected these to opt for an open tender, which is yet to be called.
The footprint of the Bays Market District was recently expanded by Urban Growth to include Wentworth Park as a recreation site.
An Urban Growth spokesman said it had no plans for housing on Wentworth Park, and aimed to “better connect Wentworth Park with the Bays Market District and surrounding areas, and to deliver improved public spaces, recreation and sporting facilities to the community”.
The Department of Education’s submission said its enrolment projections for Ultimo Public School have not included information on the Bays Precinct redevelopment, but it estimated that 200 extra primary school students would live in the Bays Market District, of which 115 would attend a public school.
“The departments of planning and education have failed to have the most basic coordination. The entire development of Ultimo Public School is happening without the benefit of a serious understanding of the enrolment surge that is coming,” said Mr Shoebridge.
Pyrmont community and business groups said the area was Australia’s equivalent to Silicon Valley and the NSW government was failing to provide the public schools needed to attract workers.
When Pyrmont was Australian
Phillip O’Toole (1913-2007) lived in Cross Street Pyrmont during the first half of the 20th century.
One of nine children, he had vivid memories of a busy childhood — swimming in the baths, playing soccer and rugby for local teams — and a strong sense of local community. His father, Joseph O’Toole started off as a carrier with his own horses and carts, and in 1916 bought three motor lorries and founded the Austral Sawdust Company. [Read More].