Friends of Quarantine Station
Date : 28th October, 2012
Date: 26th October, 2006
Date : April 02, 2006
Date : 17th July, 2004
Float Past - protesting against the leasing of the Quarantine Station
Date : 30th June, 2004
for Heritage Listing
Date : 13th May, 2004
Regrettably, when the Quarantine Station Preservation Trust Bill 2003 had its second reading on 13th May 2004, the Labor majority in the Legislative Assembly defeated it.
Date : 30th April, 2004
Stateline interviewed our President Sue Sacker, and asked to film a FroQS meeting held in Manly library meeting room on 20th April. As customary on Stateline, program balance was offered by way of interview with the new NPWS Director Tony Fleming. The program aired on 30th April and left viewers with an incomplete and somewhat misleading message that the deal was 'sewn up' and going to happen; which we acknowledge is still the Government's intention.
Date : 7th April, 2004
page 3 of the 7th April Sydney Morning Herald there
was a letter published urging
Date : 30th October, 2003
Today the Quarantine Station Preservation Trust Bill 2003 was passed in the Upper House of NSW Parliament. This welcome move saw the Liberals and Greens making amendments to the Bill and the Bill being supported by all parties except Labor and all the Independents.
The Bill defines the membership and functions of a Trust which will comprise 7 members - an Aboriginal representative, and 6 other members representing National Parks and Wildlife Service, a heritage expert, the National Trust, National Parks Association, Manly Council and the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
The Bill places restrictions on the duration of any lease, and bans head leasing, leasing of the whole site to one entity and onselling of the lease.
the Bill has requirements for the Plan of Management - this must be integrated
with management of North Head and in particular contain:
It is now incumbent
upon the Carr Government to either support this Bill or introduce a
Date : 23rd August, 2003
There is a more visionary approach taking shape for North Head involving integrated planning across all tenures and managing all the public land on the headland as an ecological Sanctuary, protecting the biodiversity and focusing on the recovery of threatened species.
Date : 20th March, 2003
NSW State elections take place on 22nd March, 2003. The Liberals have stated that, even if a lease had been signed on Quarantine Station, they would reverse it.
No lease has been signed. The Democrats, the Greens and many independents as well as the Liberal Party are vowing to ensure that the Quarantine Station is not leased out to a private developer. Premier Carr has yet to announce his position concerning the Quarantine Station.
Early in February, the Heritage Council approved the Mawland development but with over 200 conditions. Friends of Quarantine Station are calling on Dr Andrew Refshauge, Minister for Planning, to refuse this inappropriate development and on Premier Bob Carr to announce a new vision for Quarantine Station and North Head which does not involve a head lease with a private company.
Date: 12th September, 2002
The North Head Sanctuary Foundation was formed on 31st August, 2002 in response to a Forum conducted by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the National Parks and Wildlife Service at which the idea of the whole of North Head being an ecological sanctuary was discussed.
Members of the not-for-profit Sanctuary Foundation include several environmental organisations, research groups, Manly Council and individuals committed to the idea of a Sanctuary for biodiversity that allows for indigenous and cultural heritage to be authentically preserved and honoured.
Date : 12th May
June 14th is the closing date for comments on the Declaration of Critical Habitat for Little Penguins.
Click here for information and suggestions about points you could make.
Date: 21st April, 2002
23rd April is the closing date for comments concerning the conditions PlanningNSW would put on the project if the Mawland Proposal were to go ahead.
Date : 19th April, 2002
On 18th April, 2002, Mr Bob Debus, Minster for the Environment announced the Recommendation for the "Identification of Critical Habitat for the Endangered Population of Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) at Manly". The recommendation is for areas Little Manly Point, Spring Cove, Quarantine Beach, the jetty and Cannae Point and waters nearby out to 50m from high water mark to be declared critical habitat.
Date : 1st April, 2002
During February and March 2002 the Commission of Inquiry was open for the public and during this time the National Parks and Wildlife Service together with paid consultants, barristers and staff of Mawland Hotel Management Pty Ltd presented their proposal and justifications. Many members of the public, including highly qualified volunteers, made presentations concerning the reasons why the proposal was unacceptable.
The Thursday before the Commission of Inquiry began, there was an explosion in the hospital building at the Quarantine Station and it burned down detroying priceless, irreplaceable heritage.
23rd October, 2001
Annual General Meeting
The Friends of Quarantine Station Inc Annual General Meeting on September 23rd 2001 passed a resolution calling on the Government to halt the leasing process for the QS because it is fundamentally flawed.
Click here to read the full text of the resolution that has been sent to the Premier, the Environment Minister and the Minister for Urban Affairs.
Click here to read a media release sent by NPA to newspapers and radio stations.
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mawland proposal for the QS was released on September 17th with public comment invited through until November 9th. The documents are available for viewing at Manly Library and Manly Council Chambers and on Internet - Click here to see the EIS!
The Aboriginal Heritage Study has been released but the recommendations of the consultant have not been published.
The NSW parliament has made public the entire document entitled "Conditional Agreement to Lease the Quarantine Station" which was signed on January 24th, 2000.
Urban Affairs minister, Andrew Refshauge, has announced a public inquiry into the future of the Quarantine Station site. This will probably take place about a month after the close of public comment on the EIS.
Protectors of Public Lands
Friends of Quarantine Station Inc has joined a coalition of groups from around Sydney. Each group has the same concern - the sale or lease of significant public lands. It is envisaged that groups from other parts of New South Wales will join the coalition in protest against the lack of full community consultation in decision-making concerning the future ownership and/or management of an array of public assets - schools, hospitals, open spaces, heritage sites, etc - that have high value to the public.
Resources for Protecting Heritage Places
The Australian Heritage Commission have prepared a kit containing key documents which guide both natural and cultural heritage conservation actions. The National Parks and Wildlife Service are providing extra training for their staff in the necessary processes for management of heritage places.
Interpretation Plan for the Quarantine Station
The Conservation Management Plans call for an Interpretation Plan to be prepared before April 2001. This has not been done as at Sept 2001 by the National Parks and Wildlife Service who are responsible for this site. Manly Quarantine Station is a place of national, international, historical and social significance.
Mawland Hotel Management
has prepared an interpretation plan.
Is it reasonable to
rely on an Interpretation Plan prepared by a proposed lessee?
On March 15th, 2001, the Heritage Council moved that
1. the HC would not endorse
the DACMP documents
Questions concerning process
Click here to see a report about the 26th February, 2001 lunchtime visit to the Quarantine Station during which many serious questions were asked.
Serious questions have been
raised about why the restrictions in the Conservation Management Plan
concerning adaptive re-use of the luggage sheds on the wharf were removed
from the CMP after the working group had clearly indicated that any use
other than interpretation/tours was unsuitable. The Wharf is very close
to Aboriginal human remains and it is insensitive to consider using the
luggage sheds on the wharf for eating.
Detailed Area Conservation Management Plans
The National Parks and Wildlife Service commissioned a consultant, Paul Davies, to prepare detailed area Conservation Management Plans for the five precincts within the boundaries of the proposed lease area of the Quarantine Station. Public involvement via a working group began on October 31st, 2000. The final draft of this document was delivered to members of the working group on March 6th 2001. That draft has not yet been ratified.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service commissioned an enquiry into the Aboriginal heritage of North Head which was presented to the Service in November. The Aboriginal Heritage Consultant spoke to the Annual General Meeting of Friends of Quarantine Station on November 19th, 2000, about the significance of North Head.
Penguin Recovery Plan
The NPWS has prepared a Penguin Recovery Plan which does not exactly define the critical habitat for the little penguins. Under the Threatened Species Act, the NPWS has a clear responsibility to protect any likely critical habitat - including any habitat that is within the area proposed for lease to Mawland Hotel Management Pty Ltd.
However, in October 2000, the NPWS registered extra areas of inhabitation by penguins - including areas that are within the Sydney Harbour National Park near the Quarantine Station. The Little Penguins of Manly are still listed as an endangered colony.
There are six listings at North Head that justify protection under the law. NPWS is writing Recovery Plans for some of these, the others need to be written as well.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), on January 24th, 2000, signed a conditional agreement to lease the Quarantine Station site to Mawland Hotel Management Pty Ltd for 45years subject to approval via an Environmental Impact Statement.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service refused a Freedom of Information request to release a copy of the conditional agreement to lease the Quarantine Station. The matter was referred to the Administrative Decisions Tribunal - the hearing took place on 11th & 12th July, 2000. The ADT upheld the decision to withhold much of the Conditional Agreement to Lease the Quarantine Station but the NPWS did provide a copy of those sections of the lease that had to do with the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage. We believe that the parts that have been withheld under "Commercial in Confidence" are mostly to do with financial arrangements including a deal between the minister and the proposed developer.
Decisions Tribunal deliberated upon how much of the Conditional
Agreement to Lease the Quarantine Station it would order the NPWS
to release. We understand that the case hinged on deciding under what
conditions the public interest can over-ride all other considerations.
Judith Bennett of Friends of Quarantine Station and National Parks Association
made the application. James Johnson, formerly of the EDO was the barrister.
The Public Interest
Advocacy Centre provided solicitor services. The evidence was about the
various concerns the public had - environmental impact, heritage values
and whether commercial imperatives will mitigate against proper conservation.
There was evidence produced from several other public entities that are
also concerned - Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Nature Conservation
Council and National Trust all were cited.
This agreement was signed in January,2000, even though the new Conservation Management Plan was still at the stage of being viewed and discussed by the general public. The Conservation Management Plan was approved by the Heritage Council on 18th April, 2000.
Mawland plan to create a hotel in the First and Second Class areas thus effectively closing them off from the general public. There is a 150 seat restaurant planned for the wharf. (Note: this part of the plan - the restaurant at the wharf - may well be modified due to the level of protest and sensitivity about this issue.) They also plan to operate tours in the wharf and hospital areas and educational activities in the 3rd class and Asiatic areas.
Mawland are planning to contribute $100,000 per year towards the conservation of the site and also pay some rent but the details have not been disclosed. We have been told that the NPWS must fund an officer fulltime on site and maintain the natural environment of the site. Meanwhile, the NPWS will lose the considerable revenue they have been earning over the years from the Conference Centre and tours.
Here are some press releases and Newspaper articles:
Friends of Quarantine Station press release 28-01-2000
National Parks Association press release 28-01-2000
Sue Sacker press release 31-01-2000
Information vital to assess impact - Manly Daily article (28/4/00)
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created 7th October, 1999, by Judith Bennett,