Shade we shall never sit in

‘Shade we shall never sit in’ is a project which endeavours to answer the question – ‘How can a long-term phytoremediation project be realised despite changing future political interests at White Bay?’ White Bay is a highly contaminated and politically contested landscape. The proposed design and accompanying planning framework envisions more than an ecological solution to White Bays toxic underground. For remediation to be realised, facilitating a territorial local community becomes critical. Collectively, local residents hold the ability to stabilise the political influences which have wrestled for their own ambitions at White Bay over recent decades. As this narrative unravels over time, rising sea level presents an additional challenge in managing the toxic landscapes of White Bay and Greater Sydney Harbour. Before tides rise to infiltrate and unearth the most concentrated areas of toxicity, contaminant levels must be reduced considerably. The predicted environmental problem casts a shadow over the typical brownfield remediation practice in Sydney of “Capping” contaminated material. This suggests it is a short-term solution, which doesn’t deal with the real underlying issue - particularly at waterfront sites. “Shade we shall never sit in” proposes an alternative, in-situ remediation approach to manage the politically contested and contaminated landscape of White Bay into the future, whilst allowing residents to reconnect with the rich industrial history of the place - with their many hands!
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.