Open Letter published in

the Sydney Morning Herald

April 7th 2004


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North Head Quarantine Station:
Letter to the Hon Bob Carr, MP

Sydney's North Head Quarantine Station is of great natural and cultural heritage value. There are overwhelming reasons why the Government should not sign a 45-year head-lease for commercial use as a theme park and tourist hotel.

For centuries this has been a place of Aboriginal healing and ceremony, a site of significant spiritual value. The quarantine role from the 1830s evokes rich social, medical and maritime history. The relatively intact site and historic buildings, operating as a public educational and conference facility, are unique in Australia and rare in the world.

The proposed lease prevents integrated management of the whole of North Head. The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust's vision of an educational sanctuary- an idea you have publicly supported-is threatened. A unique ecosystem needs protection, not exploitation.

The people of New South Wales have not been given evidence to justify privatisation of this priceless site. We urge you not to desecrate or sign away our public heritage for supposed financial gain.

Yours sincerely,

Coastwatchers Batemans Bay  
Defenders of Sydney Harbour Foreshores  
Friends of Callan Park  
Little Manly Precinct Community Forum  
Woollahra History & Heritage Soc. Inc  
Cr Barbara Aird Manly Council
Marin Alagich BEM, OAM  
Sally Appleton  
Assoc. Prof. Paul Ashton Univ. of Tech. Sydney
Dr Peter Banks Biol. Sc. Univ. of NSW
David Barr MP Manly - Independent
Richard Benedict  
Tim Bidd w2/**-----+--------+----------------+--++++++er  
Bronwyn Bishop MP Mackellar - Liberal
Carlo Bongarzoni  
Emeritus Prof. Valerie Brown AO Vice-Pres. Aus. National Sustainability Initiative
Senator Dr Bob Brown Australian Greens
Nina Burridge  
Cr elect Simon Cant Manly Council
Dr Arthur Chesterfield-Evans MLC NSW Leader Australian Democrats
Stephanie Claire  
Ian Cohen MLC NSW Greens
Phillip Colman  
Andrew, Nicky, Alexandra & Elisabeth Coroneo  
John Crawford  
Mike Daniels  
Sally Dowling  
Cr elect Joanne Evans Manly Council
Tim Fiddes  
Dr & Mrs Don & Faith Frazer  
Peter Freeman Conservation Architect & Planner ACT
Cr Patricia Giles Mayor of Pittwater
Prof. Vance Gledhill  
Jacqui Goddard Conservation Director National Trust (NSW)
Don Goodsir  
Hall Greenland  
Cr Patricia Harvey OAM Chair Sydney Coastal Councils
Jean Hay AM Mayor of Manly
Richard Hewitt  
Adam Hyde  
Phil Jenkyn  
Mary & Helga Johnsen  
Helen Ketelby  
Peter King MP Wentworth
Dr Judy Lambert  
Richard Lancaster  
Dr Paul Lancaster  
Dr Jean Lennane  
Richard Leplastrier Architect
The Hon Tom Lewis AO  
Harvey Lie  
Prof. Zada Lipman Law Dept. Macquarie Univ.
Dr Peter Macdonald Mayor Elect of Manly
Ted Mack  
The Hon. James Macken AM Chair Quarantine Station Restoration Trust
Virginia Macleod  
Dr Richard Mason  
Cr Genia McCaffrey Mayor of North Sydney
Peter McLaren Heritage Consultant
Lesley & Rob McLean  
Julie Meldrum  
Paul Menzies  
Dr Judy Messer AM  
Rob Michie President, National Parks Assoc. NSW
Dr Neville Michie  
Assoc. Prof. Peter B Mitchell Macquarie Univ.
Peter Monckton Architect
Clover Moore MP (Bligh) Mayor Elect of Sydney
Susan Moylan-Coombs Chair, Manly Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Committee
Jack Mundey Initiator Green Bans Movement
Mary-Lou Munro Spratt First Fleeter
Dr Anne Noonan  
The Hon. Mr Justice Barry O'Keefe President of National Trust (NSW)
Robert Pallin Chair, Nature Conservation Council NSW
Cr Brad Pedersen Manly Council
Peter & June Poland  
Peter Prineas  
John Prowse  
Dr Raema Prowse  
Michael Richardson MP The Hills - Liberal
Emeritus Prof. Harry Recher Ecologist
Anne Reeves OAM National Parks Australia Council
Prof. & Mrs John & Judy Reizes  
Senator Aden Ridgeway Australian Democrats
Assoc. Prof. Jan Ritchie Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW
Michael Rolfe Sydney Harbour & Foreshores Committee
Emeritus Prof. Patricia Ryan Grad. Sch.of Environment, Macquarie Univ.
Sue Sacker Chair, Friends of Quarantine Station
Doug Sewell Architect & Author
Cr Maire Sheehan Protectors of Public Lands
Ian Shields-Brown  
Connie Sievers  
Spencer Smith-White  
Dr Alan Stewart Grad. Sch. of Environment, Macquarie Univ.
Prof. Frank Talbot Grad. Sch. of Environment, Macquarie Univ.
Richard & Diana Temple  
John & Anne Turner  
Tom Uren Patron of Friends of Quarantine Station
Allan Walsh  
Richard Weinstein  
Dr John Whitehall  
Shane Withington Pittwater & Currawong Beach Preservation Assoc.
Hugh Zochling  
Salvatore Zofrea  
This page was created 7th April, 2004, by Judith Bennett,  Friends of Quarantine Station,
and was last modified 26th February, 2012.