In 2003, the State government decided to move the Water Police from their base in Elizabeth Macarthur Bay, and sell the site to property developers. Marcelle Hoff and Charles Perry harnessed the widespread indignation of residents to form the Friends of Pyrmont Point. A highly skilled executive committee was selected, public rallies were held, a Gandhian philosophy agreed, and allies sought in the media, trade unions and political actors.
When Clover Moore was elected Lord Mayor in 2004, and Independents controlled the City of Sydney Council, the City stepped in, bought the site, and eventually built Pirrama Park. Victory deprived the Friends of the their rationale and the organisation faded away.