Our port “developers” — Sydney Harbor Investment Partners (SHIP) formerly Harbour Port Development Partners (HPDP) — have been engaged in promoting the Port of Sydney as a “deep water, transshipment and intermodal mega hub” capable of handling Ultra-Large Container Vessels (ULCV) since 2014 (although we only made it official in June 2015).
Until February 2018, when he announced he was running for the leadership of the provincial Tory party, the port file was spearheaded by CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke. In February, however, he announced his work there was done and it was time to leave the project in the capable hands of the private sector (in the form of Albert Barbusci and Barry Sheehy i.e. Sydney Harbour Investment Partners).
It probably seemed like a good time to walk away — Clarke had announced as early as November 2017 that big news was coming on the port front, possibly in time for Christmas, definitely early in the New Year.
But 12 months have passed and we’ve had no big news. We’ve had no small news, either. In fact, we saw so little of our port developers in 2018, I’ve all but forgotten what they look like.