The Friends of Sydney Harbour is a non-political group of concerned Sydney-siders who want to protect the beauty and amenities of the harbour.
If you love Sydney harbour, please join us and have your say in its future.
John Molyneux, President
Friends of Sydney Harbour
In Memoriam Ian Kiernan. Patron of Friends of Sydney Harbour
It is with great sadness that we learnt this week of the death of our Patron, Ian Kiernan.
Ian was a loud voice for change. He spoke both publicly and privately to encourage citizens to become active protectors of Sydney harbour.
Indeed he galvanised support for the foundation of Friends of Sydney Harbour, in 2012. And we welcomed him as our Patron.
Ian never wavered in his ideals - he believed quite simply that …”the harbour is for everyone to share”.
He referred to the harbour thus: “Sydney harbour is the world’s most beautiful public space.” And he railed against those who would seek to exploit this public asset for private gain, be it a floating heliport with its inherent safety and ecological risks, disruptive party boats, polluted waterways, or private foreshore development that prevented public access.
Before FoSH Ian came to public prominence when he rallied friends and community for “Clean Up the Harbour Day, the nascent origins of Clean Up Australia, and Clean Up the World. His voice carried respect and awe in the yachting world, the environment movement, and in the world of politics.
He convinced the then Premier of NSW, Bob Carr to ban jet skis from all parts of the harbour.
As our Patron Ian never backed away from a fight. And he was always on the side of what was best for the harbour.
FoSH extends our condolences to his family.
He was a true Friend of Sydney Harbour.
- John Molyneux
“We were galvanised into community action by the NSW government’s failure to listen to Sydneysider’s concerns.”
- Patrick Bollen
“As a commercial Captain, sailing and boating journalist and commentator, I am passionate about Sydney Harbour and all it has to offer to all people's. This is our great treasure, the most beautiful harbour in the world.”
- Mark Buchanan
"Our aim at FoSH is to stay watchful and active so that Sydney harbour and its foreshores, an extraordinary resource of great beauty, can continue to be shared and enjoyed by everybody. "
- Kathrina Doran
"The breathtaking Harbour was the key reason we fell in love with Sydney and decided to make it our home. I believe we have a social responsibility to ensure our native asset is protected, not only for our generation but for the next generations to love, share and appreciate."
- Tim James
“As someone committed to public life, I feel a great desire and duty to enhance and protect our greatest natural asset - Sydney Harbour.”
- William Manning
"With a family history of competitive sailing on Sydney Harbour that spans three generations and a passion for boats of all kinds, there was never any question as what I would do professionally. Sydney Harbour is my backyard and i'm committed to its preservation and enjoyment."
- David Morris
“I believe that "the world’s most beautiful public space" will need to be increasingly defended against inappropriate development.”
- Rodney Northam
"I have had a connection to Sydney’s Harbour and waterways throughout my life; rowing at school and on to the 1964 Olympics, later making a career sailing in my father’s wake, and now on the harbour aboard my Halvorsen motor boat."
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