Green ban holds up NSW Government privatisation
Building workers have gone into bat for Pyrmont public housing residents and the wider community over the future of land the State Government is determined to flog off to private developers. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has imposed an interim Green Ban on the Sydney Water Police site at Elizabeth McArthur Bay, Pyrmont, to prevent development while negotiations on the future of the prized site continue. The move puts the CFMEU at loggerheads with the Government's Harbour Foreshore Authority, which is moving to sell off the publicly owned land. CFMEU Secretary, Andrew Ferguson, said the Green Ban should provide a "breathing space" that allowed residents and the wider community time to intervene in the Authority's plan for the area. "The Foreshore Authority doesn't own this unique site", Ferguson said. "They merely administer it on behalf of the people of Sydney. We intend to ensure the people have some opportunity to have a say in what that future should be. "Building unions have a long tradition of defending our parkland, public space and heritage buildings. In recent years the CFMEU has placed successful bans on a proposed McDonald's restaurant in Centennial Park and at the MCA site in Circular Quay." Workers Online reports that the Foreshore Authority has already filed for a Development Application that would pave the way for a purchaser to build on a site which is a prime recreational area for nearby residents.
* * *Acknowledgement Workers Online