New South Wales

$10m marina plan at Kendall Bay refused

THE NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has refused a proposed $10 million commercial marina complex at Kendall Bay, west of Sydney.

The development was proposed to include a 172-berth floating marina that would cater for vessels from eight to 25 metres in length, a kiosk, manager's office and car park.

As the marina complex was to be established over parts of the bay that were significantly contaminated, it was proposed to place a geo-textile blanket and other material over the contaminated sediments.

However, an assessment by the Department determined that the methods proposed to manage and contain contaminated sediment within Kendall Bay were flawed and presented unacceptable risk and uncertainty.

The Department also found that the proposal was inconsistent with the aims of the Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (Sydney Harbour Catchment) and would result in unacceptable land use conflict and impacts on the amenity of neighbouring residents and foreshore users.

In addition, it was concluded that the proposal was not in the public interest as it would only benefit a small number of people, reduce access to the waterway and ferry services and would represent the loss of one of the last undeveloped bays on the Parramatta River.

The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) had previously considered the proposal and raised concerns about a number of aspects.

The Department said the City of Canada Bay Council and Sydney Ferries objected to the proposal, while other key government agencies including the Office of Environment and Heritage and NSW Maritime raised significant concerns about the potential impacts of the project.

In addition, all but three of the submissions from special interest groups and nearly 80 per cent of the submissions from the general public objected to the project.

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