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Updated December 31, 2011 22:05:00
Early birds have already snapped up the best vantage points for Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display as hundreds of thousands of people gather to ring in the new year.
Organisers expect 1.5 million people to line the Sydney Harbour foreshore for what is promised to be the world’s biggest fireworks show.
About 1 billion people around the world are expected to join Sydneysiders in watching the display.
Some countries, including New Zealand, have already celebrated the new year.
In Sydney, the harbour is dotted with hundreds of boats and hundreds of thousands of people have claimed front row seats along the foreshore.
Spectators have already enjoyed the family fireworks which began at 9:00pm (AEDT) and now wait for the main event.
The fireworks for the main event will go off from rooftops, floating barges and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
There will be be comets, rockets and a multi-colour waterfall from the Harbour Bridge, but the main bridge effect is under wraps until 2012.
Thousands of people queued up for a top viewing spot throughout the afternoon and by 1:30pm (AEDT) the vantage point at the Sydney Opera House was already full with many more close to reaching capacity.
The viewing points at Circular Quay, Mrs Macquaries Point and Campbell’s Cove at the Rocks have reached their limit and have been closed off.
Ferry services have stopped running and the Harbour Bridge, the Cahill Expressway and many other roads are now closed.
Some revellers were delayed in reaching celebrations after a technical problem led to 45-minute train delays on the Eastern Suburbs, Illawarra and South Coast lines.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “time to dream”.
Creative director for the Sydney display, Marc Newson, says dreaming is essential.
“My whole job is about imagining, it’s about dreaming,” he said.
“Its about trying to conceive of the way that you’d like things to be.”
The aid organisation which is Sydney’s New Year’s Eve charity partner says it dreams of a world of hope without poverty.
Care Australia could collect more than $1 million tonight if the majority of expected revellers around Sydney Harbour each donate one dollar.
Director Dr Julie Newton-Howes says tonight’s theme fits well with the aspirations of the organisation.
“Care’s dream is for a world of hope, tolerance and social justice,” she said.
“A world where poverty has been overcome and everybody can live with hope, tolerance and social justice.
“A world where poverty has been overcome and everybody can live with security and with dignity.
“That actually is something that sounds like a daunting task but it is within our grasp.”
first posted December 31, 2011 20:13:37
The new South Wales corruption watchdog has found a former Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority executive engaged in corrupt conduct with a local businessman.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption held hearings in July into the leasing of four multi-million-dollar properties at the Rocks by Andrew Kelly to Charif Kazal.
Mr Kelly was the authority's executive director of tenant and asset management services when the buildings were leased to Kazal family businesses.
But at the same time he had private business dealings with Mr Kazal.
The ICAC has found Mr Kelly engaged in corrupt conduct by failing to disclose a conflict of interest.
Mr Kelly told the ICAC in July he was reimbursed for flights, accommodation and other expenses during a 2007 trip to the United Arab Emirates with Mr Kazal.
But he told the commission he did not see the trip as a conflict of interest, but as a “job interview”.
The ICAC has also found Mr Kazal engaged in corrupt conduct by trying to influence Mr Kelly with the job offer and by paying his travel expenses.
The commission says charges against the pair should be considered.
17 JUN: Cruise ships visiting Sydney may have to berth in Botany Bay because of lack of space in Sydney Harbour, the Daily Telegraph (DT) newspaper reports today.
The paper says the possibility of liners have to use the Port Botany freight terminal south of the city, or event ports as far away as Port Kembla and Newcastle, is canvassed in a ‘secret’ report which it obtained yesterday under Freedom of Information laws.
The report was compiled by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and has been a closely-guarded secret, the DT claims.
Its release coincides with yesterday’s federal government announcement that a study is being made into the possible use of Sydney Harbour’s Garden Island naval base for cruise ships.
The DT story says Sydney Harbour had 116 cruise ship visits last year, but the number is expected to soar to 525 by 2030 – well beyond the capacity of the Harbour.
In four years, only one in five ships will be small enough to fit under the Harbour Bridge, making the new cruise passenger terminal now under construction at White Bay almost redundant.
The Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay will be unable to cope with the huge influx of cruise ships and Sydney is set to lose up to $44 million a year by 2030 unless a solution can be found, the report predicts.
Cruise passenger arrivals are expected to top one million by 2030, pouring $300m a year into the state economy.
Carnival Australia, the biggest cruise operator in Sydney, has welcomed the Garden Island study.
The story quotes state premier Barry O’Farrell as saying that at peak times, Navy vessels could be moved to areas west of the Harbour Bridge to make room for the biggest cruise ships.
Former prime minister Paul Keating at Barangaroo, a harbour site he has long proposed for redevelopment. Picture: Amos Aikman Source: the Australian
- STATE OF THE NATIONNSW
PAUL Keating likes to tell a story about the vociferous objections raised by the Sydney Morning Herald, almost 60 years ago, to the demolition of a brick tram shed to make way for the Sydney Opera House.
Joe Cahill, Labor premier at the time, had to carefully explain the planned concert hall for Sydney could not feasibly be accommodated by a renewal of the shed but would mean reconstruction from the ground up.
While those outside NSW are likely to roll their eyes at such examples of the NIMBYism of Australia’s largest city, there are contemporary instances of the mindset that go well beyond the city’s limits and could crimp national economic growth. one such, obviously, is a second international airport for Sydney. another is the $6 billion redevelopment of Barangaroo, on the Sydney Harbour foreshore just east of Darling Harbour.
The south end of the 22ha site will be dominated by a high-rise development, including commercial, retail and residential space, along with a 170m hotel jutting out into the harbour. the central precinct, now a cruise ship terminal, will be open, public space, its character yet to be determined.
And now for something completely different: north Barangaroo will feature the first attempt to construct an entire man-made headland, featuring a public park and an indigenous museum.
The point at which Barangaroo intersects with national economic growth is the specific intent of the 280,000sq m of commercial floor space. it is not widely known outside Sydney that Barangaroo is intended as the new financial centre for the city.
With the floorspace designed to hold trading floors, the developers, Lend Lease, expect Barangaroo to soak up 60 per cent of Sydney’s growth in financial services during the next decade.
Has the O’Farrell government gone wobbly on Barangaroo?
It is too early to tell, but that is certainly the question the business community was asking itself this week after NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard pushed Lend Lease into mediation with the main group opposing the project, Australians for Sustainable Development, and followed this with the announcement of a "short, sharp review" into Barangaroo.
Australians for Sustainable Development, led by green ban pioneer Jack Mundey, includes the National Trust, several independent Sydney councillors and Leichhardt mayor Jamie Parker, who recently became the state’s first lower house Greens MP. Also active in the group are several wealthy locals whose harbour views will be impeded by Barangaroo. the headland park, which will be given to the people of Sydney by Lend Lease as part of its agreement with the NSW government, has been Keating’s vision for more than a decade. But earlier this month he quit a panel overseeing design for Barangaroo. that was because he believed Hazzard was trying to muzzle him after he had a spray at Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore. Moore, who is also a state MP, was a member of the independent state government authority in charge of Barangaroo, but last year quit herself, claiming the former Labor government was railroading opposition to the project. in the eyes of the project’s supporters, she was simply reverting to form as a politician who for three decades has reaped the whirlwind of anti-development sentiment.
Keating tells Inquirer Barangaroo will become "the driving force in the financial services economy of the city", providing a "hubbing site" that does not exist now. he describes the open spaces of central and north Barangaroo as "a huge civic dividend, but one the city council and National Trust and Jamie Parker don’t seem to want to realise".
At the moment, business is trying to read Hazzard’s mind and decide if he is pandering to Barangaroo’s opponents or simply placating them. one senior figure in the government who is an unashamed proponent of Barangaroo is Treasurer Mike Baird, who has an investment banking background. Baird tells Inquirer that Barangaroo represents an opportunity similar to the new financial district in London that began in the Thatcher years.
"Done well and incorporating community concerns, this is our chance to have the Canary Wharf of the Asia-Pacific," he says.
"in particular, this development would enable us to realise our ambition of becoming a glo-bal financial centre that will attract the best talent, generate employment and promote considerable business and investment opportunities."
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Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are expected to inject more than $150 million into the NSW economy, says Premier Kristina Keneally.
She also said 1.5 million people were expected to line the Sydney Harbour foreshore to take part in “one of the world’s best parties”.
More than 2,600 police officers will be on patrol across the metropolitan area, with most being at harbour and beachside locations and at public transport hubs.
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“I encourage everyone to plan ahead, take public transport, and buy a return ticket to avoid the queues when heading home,” Ms Keneally told reporters on Wednesday.
Police Minister Michael Daley said police would be out in force to ensure people had a good, fun but safe night.
“If you are coming into the city to get drunk and behave like an idiot, stay home, don’t bother coming,” he said.
“If you do, the police will take care of you.”
He also reminded people that consuming alcohol on public transport was an offence.
Ms Keneally said extra buses, trains and ferries would run on the night.
But the premier will not be joining harbourside revellers, as she and her husband have agreed to their sons’ request to stay home and watch the fireworks on television.
To what extent does the current development of the Sydney Harbour foreshore and its immediate hinterland repre?
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