Third try for ma­rine precinct

New plan ‘will quiet neigh­bours’ noise, traf­fic wor­ries’

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Tim Howard tim.howard@dai­lyex­am­

A MA­RINE in­dus­trial precinct pro­posed for Palmers Is­land will be so well land­scaped its neigh­bours won’t see or hear it, the pro­po­nent says.

Yamba Weld­ing & En­gi­neer­ing man­ag­ing direc­tor Bill Colling­burn de­scribed the amended pro­posal to ex­pand his busi­ness as “clean and green”.

He said he had been forced to amend his plans con­sid­er­ably, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the block size by 40%, to put the plan back on the ta­ble.

The pro­posal first came to the coun­cil in 2014 and was re­fused by the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s plan­ning Gate­way process in 2014.

But the com­pany re­turned with a re­vised plan late last year, in­clud­ing the re­duc­tion in site size, which the coun­cil ap­proved.

In De­cem­ber Gate­way asked the coun­cil for noise and traf­fic im­pact stud­ies, which the coun­cil sup­plied in April. It now wants an­other sub­mis­sion from the coun­cil to sup­port its up­dated re­port.

Mr Colling­burn said to­day’s coun­cil meet­ing should ap­prove the plan­ning pro­posal.

“It’s just an ap­proval for the Gate­way process,” he said. “It’s not a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion or any­thing.

“If it gets knocked back again I will have to de­cide if I keep fight­ing or move else­where.”

Mr Colling­burn said he needed to ex­pand to cater for the num­ber of boat­build­ing projects his busi­ness has at­tracted.

“We have four or five in the pipe­line and if we can’t ex­pand we will prob­a­bly have to let them go,” he said.

Mr Colling­burn said if he re­ceived the green light to­day a DA could come to coun­cil within a year.

“I ex­pect there will be a bit of go­ing back­wards and for­wards with that,” he said.

“Over­all I would like to be build­ing boats out there in two years.”

He said a lot of money had had been spent on con­sul­tants so as not to trou­ble neigh­bours.

“We’re de­ter­mined to be a good neigh­bour,” he said.

“The last thing we want is to have the coun­cil knock­ing on our door ev­ery time there’s a com­plaint.

“All our build­ings are con­crete, which ab­sorbs noise, and the acous­tic bar­ri­ers will be so well de­signed our neigh­bours won’t be able to see or hear us.”

He said the ship­build­ing in­dus­try was a guar­an­teed em­ployer of skilled labour into the fu­ture.

“The 12m boats we’re build­ing for Bor­der Force re­quire 2000 labour hours and it’s skilled labour you need skilled peo­ple to do.”

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