Class “wharfare” at Walsh Bay

SYDNEY anglers are accusing wealthy waterfront apartment owners of waging a “class war” on people who just want to throw a line into Sydney Harbour.

According to an article in the Daily Telegraph and as reported in the Channel 9 video above, the Walsh Bay Precinct Association is urging the NSW Government to ban all fishing off the wharves at Walsh Bay near Barangaroo.

They have accused fishers of using the wharves as a toilet, leaving rubbish everywhere, talking too loudly, hurling abuse and shining lights into their multimillion-dollar apartments at 3am.

The Association also claims people sitting at nearby cafes are scared they will be caught by a hook as anglers cast their lines.

But Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW president Stan Konstantaras said rich property owners are simply trying to kill a 150-year-old Sydney Harbour tradition.

“I think property owners believe that because they pay millions for their apartments they deserve to not have to look at fishermen.

“It’s a class war, make no mistake.”

Some Walsh Bay piers are home to apartments which sell for as much as $6.9 million and where no fishing is allowed.

But fishing is permitted on neighbouring piers whish are in commercial use.

You can read the full story HERE.

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