Remind me, which one is David and which on is Goliath

According to the inner city latte set at the Sydney Morning Herald:

The Department of Defence is embroiled in a battle with residents of an apartment building in Potts Point over the construction of a 12-metre high substation at the Garden Island naval base.

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Potts Point residents including Wendy McCarthy (right) have been pitted in a David and Goliath battle with the Department of Defence over the construction of a substation at the Garden Island naval base.

Have a look at this image that accompanied:

Yes.  A bunch of wealth, influential and connected inner city types, who have sufficient pull to get their story in a major metropolitan newspaper are David to the Department of Defence Goliath.  Yeah.

And the view from the image.  The view.

One imagines that there are lots of such planning disputes with the Commonwealth (and State Governments.  Presumably there were plenty around the new Sydney Airport and even the old Sydney airport.  But these lesser David’s don’t have SHM journos as neigbours.

Suck it in Princesses.  If you don’t like it, use your ample wealth to fund a candidate for Parliament.  Oh that’s right, they did.  First Malcolm Turnbull and then Kerryn Phelps.  How did that work out?

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50 Responses to Remind me, which one is David and which on is Goliath

  1. Bruce

    They appear to be standing on a balcony that is at least twelve metres above the ground.

    Some of those grey boats operated by the “harm-workers” stand a bit more than 12 m above the waterline.

    Another Boorstin-style “pseudo-event”.

  2. Bazinga

    The government could always compulsory acquire the surrounding land.

  3. struth

    Any woman wearing those bloody ” luvvie” scarfs should be hung by them.

  4. Entropy

    struth
    #3296510, posted on January 19, 2020 at 9:35 am
    Any woman wearing those bloody ” luvvie” scarfs should be hung by them

    A definite “tell”.

    You can’t see if they are wearing sandals, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

  5. Entropy

    And just what is that rat like creature in the other woman’s arms? Is it a pretend dog?

  6. Entropy

    The Department of Defence is embroiled in a battle with residents of an apartment building in Potts Point over the construction of a 12-metre high substation at the Garden Island naval base

    A nuke would be smaller and generate lots more power, just sayin,

  7. I_am_not_a_robot

    In principle, under Australian law, you don’t own a view.
    In practice, as you say TAFKAS, it depends on your influence in the local authority and how far an aggrieved owner or applicant wants or can afford to go.
    Of course Wendy McCarthy can always negotiate to buy the naval base to protect her view.

  8. Robber Baron

    A series of windmills should rightly replace the substation.

  9. Jock

    Just wait till the navy or a good minister decides to leave Sydney harbour for cheaper digs and the site is up for sail. Views will evaporate quickly for these pampered types.
    I recall years ago that the architect of the blues point monstrosity had the hide to object to some developments at Luna park because of noise. It was pointed out that Luna park had been there a long time.

  10. Gowest

    Pretty stupid putting a naval base right in the middle of our major city. 2 birds with one shot!. Move the base and sell sell sell – govt would make a fortune – I can see the Hong Kong high rises along the waterfront now! – Sure would change the voter demographic!

  11. Entropy

    Problem is where would the navy go? Port Jackson would have to be the best natural port in the world

  12. anonandon

    I bet they also support a Big Australia.

  13. Des Deskperson

    Is it this Wendy McCarthy??

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_McCarthy

    “Australian businesswoman, activist and former university administrator. McCarthy has demonstrated a long-term commitment to shifting the concept and reality of being female in Australia, and globally. McCarthy has worked for reform across the public, private and community sectors, in education, family planning, human rights, public health, and overseas aid and development, as well as in conservation, heritage, and media.”

    It sure looks like her. When it comes to being rich, woke, networked and connected with the media, academia, politics, and every fashionable progressive movement, she ticks every box.

    She’s a former founder of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, a bunch or rich, white, well connected feminists who still wanted an even bigger slice of the pie.

  14. 59096

    Self entitled green maggots! I hope the new substation completely ruins your view and drives you demented!

  15. Roger

    McCarthy has demonstrated a long-term commitment to shifting the concept and reality of being female in Australia, and globally.

    Pardon the French but wtf writes like that?

    Wendy McCarthy, obviously.

    Pretty stupid putting a naval base right in the middle of our major city.

    The navy (HMS Sirius) was there before there was a city.

  16. Are these what you call ‘Doctor’s Wives’, including the one with the hat?

  17. Fair shake of the sauce

    Good call, where are the wind turbines? How dare they?

    And that dog, and those shoes, ….

  18. candy

    Not much she can do about it.
    She seems wealthy enough to find a nice lovely unit somewhere close with a beautiful view.

    She does not seem reliant on a job a Kmart to make ends meet. She’ll be fine, don’t worry.

  19. Professor Fred Lenin

    Its good having the navy base close to the elites , if the navy base is attacked the collateral damage wont be ordinary valuable working people it will be people we can well do without wonder if that was on the minds of the builders of the basev? Bit of foresight if it was .

  20. Tel

    +1 for finishing off the 12m substation, then sticking a jolly big windmill on top. Brilliant idea.

    Modern boats use more electricity than the older models, just like modern houses do.

    The other option would be a load shedding agreement where there’s no upgrades to the substation, but when the RAN needs power they simply switch off a few nearby circuits at random to avoid overloading existing substations. That should get everyone comfortable with the idea of unreliable power.

  21. Bronson

    The navy will be forced to sell out in the future. They have already shifted their munitions to Twofold Bay. Its not going to be low rise that replaces the docks.

  22. Mc Carthy is not a business woman.

    She never had a career in business.

    She is a former schoolteacher who got on the government racket (government advisory councils) and now is a non executive director of a litigation funder and a childcare subsidy mill.

    She has done very little at all with her life other than Hoover up taxpayer funds.

    Install a heavy bomber base for all I care.

  23. C.L.

    I’m going the other way on this, even if they are luvvie prats.
    I hate government buildings in otherwise private enclaves.

  24. Leo G

    … the president of the Potts Point & Kings Cross Heritage & Residents’ Society, said Defence had failed to adequately consult with its neighbour

    Those neighbours’ concept of heritage appears to include rooftop classical Roman courtyards with Solomonic columns.

  25. Roger

    I hate government buildings in otherwise private enclaves.

    In this instance the crown/government has owned the site and used it for naval purposes since 1788.

    The private enclave grew around it.

    Anyone purchasing a property in Potts Point had ample opportunity to consider the impact of the naval base on the amenity of the area.

    If the substation can’t be built, will locals happily load shed to accomodate the navy’s increasing needs?

  26. Davey Boy

    They used to go to the disco with all of their friends
    Take the Porsche or the Mercedes-Benz
    They’re absolutely divine, don’t you feel
    That nothing’s real
    But pretty pictures uh huh pretty pictures uh huh
    They’re looking for a place with no hard edges
    A place where no one says goodbye
    Find a place where nothing changes
    Pretty pictures with romantic lies

  27. John A

    Entropy #3296564, posted on January 19, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Problem is where would the navy go? Port Jackson would have to be the best natural port in the world

    Theoretically, there is the port of Canberra aka HMAS Albatross (Nowra).

    Unfortunately, the ammo has already been moved away, so there is no chance of a little accident during the move which might have the serendipitous effect of clearing some adjoining land. (NADT)

  28. JohnJJJ

    Shocking, I completely sympathise Wendy. Why can’t the Navy just build it in Leppington. There is plenty of land out there. Or anywhere in the cultural wilderness on the other side of Anzac Parade.

  29. I_am_not_a_robot

    Those neighbours’ concept of heritage appears to include rooftop classical Roman courtyards with Solomonic columns’.

    It appears to have some heritage value being the Spanish Mission style of the ’20s – ’30s.
    The block is secured by a private road with gated entry.
    This is an apartment in the block in question, not sure if it’s Wendy’s.

  30. Professor Fred Lenin

    Nice pad robot wonder what the rates etc would be?also the rental value. I might buy one and lease it to the indigeous affairs department ,give the old nlocal residents a taste of social justice .

  31. I_am_not_a_robot

    Nice pad …

    Or as they used to say in the movies ‘swell layout’.

  32. JR

    Well, I for one think the chap in the hat looks very smart. I wonder if it’s the same one he has perennially on display in the rear window the Mercedes-Benz, or if perhaps he has two.

    I wonder if any of your readers have any ‘inside-information’ on this. Any updates, much appreciated.

    Pip pip!

  33. egg_

    A series of windmills should rightly replace the substation.

    Where’s the petition for Windmills for Potts Point?

  34. egg_

    I for one think the chap in the hat looks very smart

    WTF’s the geezer carrying in his right hand – a leash for an invisible dog?

  35. calli

    Its not going to be low rise that replaces the docks.

    Tee hee

  36. Tel

    Problem is where would the navy go?

    Send em to invade New Zealand?

    Look … just throwing ideas out there!!

  37. egg_

    Its not going to be low rise that replaces the docks.

    Lucky Dragon Apartments?

  38. Leo G

    WTF’s the geezer carrying in his right hand – a leash for an invisible dog?

    Or a biblical shepherd’s sling?

  39. Entropy

    Tel
    #3296892, posted on January 19, 2020 at 4:01 pm
    Problem is where would the navy go?

    Send em to invade New Zealand?

    Look … just throwing ideas out there!!

    I can see two problems with that:
    * our navy might have to stop Virtue Signalling and actually point nasty hurty things at other people, which would be a bit frightening and difficult even though the NZ Navy consists of three tinnies and an inflatable.
    * our navy runs in diesel. If based in Wellington or Auckland harbour it would take three years to get anywhere and the enemy would sink every sub before they could get to even the coral sea, at the first snorkel.

  40. Pyrmonter

    TAFKAS was the last person (well, almost. Peter Phelps is less likely) I’d have expected to succumb to the inverse snobbery of right wing marxism. Oh, well. Change and decay …

  41. Nob

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #3296688, posted on January 19, 2020 at 1:02 pm
    Mc Carthy is not a business woman.

    She never had a career in business.

    She is a former schoolteacher who got on the government racket (government advisory councils) and now is a non executive director of a litigation funder and a childcare subsidy mill

    Australia seems to have a larger proportion of this kind of “businesspeople” than anywhere else I go. They don’t have much use except to support anti business arguments made by SMH/ABC.

    And again, these people don’t drink lattes.
    Stop it with the “latte set”.

  42. Squirrel

    “In summing up it’s the constitution, it’s Mabo, it’s justice, it’s law, it’s the Vibe and, no that’s it, it’s the vibe.”

    Bit hard to pretend that you’re the Kerrigans when you’re living in what looks like Norma Desmond’s city pad.

    Electric-powered Isotta Fraschini in the garage…..?

  43. Old Lefty

    A mate in Newcastle told me of a senior university administrator preening himself about his apartment with ocean views on the site of the old Newcastle Hospital (demolished on spurious grounds of earthquake damage). Said preening hack was enraged when another developer blocked his view .

  44. Poor bastard …… What have we become … where is our humanity if we allow these inner City arsehole’s to continue torturing poor Montgomery with their mindless babbling ….. For God’s sake someone call the RSPCA.

  45. Bruce

    Sandals?

    Don’t knock sandals. The Roman Legions conquered a LOT of real-estate whilst shod with sandals.

    That aside, those three are just terminal NIMBY types.

  46. Pyrmonter

    Why exactly are the Army (Paddington) and Navy (Garden ‘Island’) occupying some of the most expensive land in the country?

  47. LOL

    If the Navy weren’t at Garden Island, it would be declared a marine park until sold to the Obeids at a price where islands fall off the back of trucks.

  48. C.L.

    Why exactly are the Army (Paddington) and Navy (Garden ‘Island’) occupying some of the most expensive land in the country?

    Prestige digs. Wankery.
    It’s not as though a French man o’war is going to rock up in Sydney Town to blacken the eye of Blighty these days. They should be relocated to Townsville and Darwin.

  49. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Re the Elizabeth Bay nimbies, we have HMAS Watson near enough to us. Lots of helicopter noise some mornings but they do have a nice Christmas party for the local kiddies every year, with Santa helicoptering in and a copter for kids to play in and some stirring beating of the retreat. Swings and roundabouts imho. Better than an overbuilding of apartments if the navy was to go.

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