D-day nears on marina plan
LONG-AWAITED plans for a large marina expansion at Bellerive could be given the green light to start construction in less than a week.
The Bellerive Yacht Club has lodged a development application with Clarence City Council to expand from almost 23,000sq m to 31,500sq m.
The redevelopment would allow the club to increase the number of vessels berthed at its jetties from 176 to 223.
Club general manager Phil Jackman said the expansion was first mooted eight years ago.
He said it was part of the Eastern Shore and Kangaroo Bay re-imaging and would help the club increase membership and their involvement in the community. He said the club currently had a waiting listfor berths and there had been a lot of interest in the expansion from larger vessels.
But the proposal has drawn a number of representations and objections.
Mike Geard labelled the redevelopment a “sea grab” and raised concerns that it would add considerably to pollution in Kangaroo Bay.
“I am concerned the marina will be further used by people to live on their yachts,” he said.
“Already there is significant noise from the marina with owners being careless with rigging and allowing it to hit the mast pole.
“An increase in the number of berths will only add to the cacophony of noise.”
Mr Geard also raised concerns over the potential impact of the expansion on the State Government’s proposed Hobart-Bellerive passenger ferry service.
“Any decision made prematurely on the Bellerive Yacht Club application may impact severely on the proposed route of the ferry service — discussions with [Infrastructure] Minister [Jeremy] Rockliff should be a first priority,” he said.
But Mr Jackman said until the Government revealed where they proposed to have the ferry terminal they could not determine whether the development would have any impact.
The marina proposal would see access to the club closed from Cambridge Rd and redirected off Kangaroo Bay Drive.
The application is expected to go before council next week.