Stage one earthworks for the Point Grey Marina development will not proceed at this stage, following Council’s vote against an application presented at the June Council Meeting.
According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, Council arrived at its decision after much deliberation and due diligence that considered the merits of the project but also public concerns, especially regarding the potential longer-term financial and environmental impacts.
“Council and the community will not see an approved Capital Dredging and Spoil Disposal Plan, prior to commencement of construction works, as was previously understood, given the changes to the Commonwealth government’s environmental requirements dated March 2019.
“The Commonwealth’s environmental conditions originally required a detailed Plan to be prepared and approved prior to substantial commencement of the marina, which would help identify likely costs and impacts of the overall project.
“In light of the significance of the project and the potential ongoing financial costs, the risks associated with dredging, spoil disposal and ongoing maintenance are deemed a risk significant enough to not support development approval at this stage,” Cr. Bolt said.
The environmental impact of the proposal as a whole, including the marina and associated channels, has been assessed by the State and Commonwealth governments with formal environmental approvals granted subject to a number of detailed conditions.
An initial development application for earthworks, being the first stage of the Point Grey Marina development at Lot 672 Carrabungup Road, was refused by Council in April 2019.
“This decision was made to provide Council with additional time to review progress on the conditions and plans for the proposal and to give further due diligence to the project and the financial modelling,” Cr. Bolt said.
The applicant has since lodged an application for review with the State Administrative Tribunal.
A mediation session will take place on Thursday 18 July 2019 to review Council’s decisions.
For further information about Point Grey Marina, visit tianan.com.au/point-grey.
To view the Council agenda item and supporting documents visit murray.wa.gov.au/council/agendas-minutes-appendices.