Have your say on Review of Environmental Factors of Elizabeth Bay Marina

10 MARCH 2017

Roads and Maritime Services invites the community to provide feedback on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the preferred design of the proposed upgrade to Elizabeth Bay Marina, located next to Beare Park in Sydney’s east.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the marina is located at the end of Ithaca Road and is a popular place for boaters, kayakers, residents and tourists visiting the area.

“The facility is more than 100 years old and since it was rebuilt in 1984, the timber elements have deteriorated and parts of the marina are considered unsafe for water users and the local community,” the spokesperson said.

 “In September and October last year, Roads and Maritime Services invited feedback on three concept designs, with one option chosen as the preferred design by the community.

“The feedback has been incorporated into a revised design to ensure the proposed marina provides modern facilities and respects the character of the local area.

“The REF has been completed for the preferred design and community feedback is now being invited until Friday 31 March.”

The spokesperson said some of the concerns raised by the community after feedback on the design late last year centred on the height and ‘blocky’ design of the building and the location and design of the kayak ramp.

“Design changes have been made to lessen the impact of the structure, including lowering the floor of the kayak storage area,” the spokesperson said.

“The height of the proposed building will now be six metres above sea level, an increase of 1.7 metres from sea level on the current structure while windows have been added to the eastern building to allow for water views.

“The kayak ramp has been redesigned with Paddle NSW recommendations included and now incorporates both a ramp and floating launching pontoon and will be angled away from the shore to avoid any conflict with the small beach area to the left of the building.

“When complete, the upgraded marina will ensure improved facilities for the boating community including better security, safer water access and better café facilities, while access for people with disabilities will also be improved.”

The spokesperson said two information sessions are being held to provide an opportunity for the community to discuss the preferred design with the project team.

The sessions will be held at Beare Park at the end of Ithaca Road, Elizabeth Bay on Saturday 11 March between 10am and 1pm and at Reginald Murphy Centre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Elizabeth Bay on Wednesday 15 March between 6pm and 9pm.

The community is invited to send feedback on the REF during the information sessions, by phone on 1800 874 876 or via email at elizabethbay@rms.nsw.gov.au.

Media:  ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES MEDIA UNIT 9462 6299 media@rms.nsw.gov.au facebook.com/NSWRoads

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