D-day nears on marina plan

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - JACK PAYNTER Ur­ban Af­fairs Re­porter

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.

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