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Watsons Bay Headland Upgrade Overdue


Release Date: 31/08/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has described the plan by National Parks and Wildlife Service for the adaptive reuse of buildings at the former HMAS Watson naval base as the best chance to secure the maintenance and heritage of the buildings.
 
The Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “Of course the plan will create an attractive tourist precinct, but locking up parts of Sydney harbour foreshore for ‘locals-only’ does not serve the best interests of the whole community.
 
“The proposed upgrade will allow preservation of historic buildings which will secure their future, whilst creating a wonderful precinct that will add to the amenity of Sydney harbour.
 
“The reuse of former military buildings at Mosman for events such as is proposed for Watsons Bay, shows what can be achieved with sympathetic reuse of disused military facilities.
 
“NIMYBYism has no place in vibrant Sydney, which has to manage its past and create opportunities for the community to enjoy the great amenity of Sydney harbour.
 
"Sydney’s reputation as a global city and great tourist destination requires new facilities and new opportunities, for the local community and visitors to both enjoy.
 
“Commercial use of historic buildings, that has limited opportunities for reuse, is a win for all and just because there is a commercial use, should not be a reason to oppose the proposal.
 
“It is just good public policy,” said Mrs Forsythe.
 
 
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367



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