Elizabeth Bay Marina safety upgrade approved with changes including no net increase to number of boats

19 JUNE 2017

The safety upgrade of the Elizabeth Bay marina has been approved with changes, including reducing the size of permitted vessels and no increase to the existing total number of vessels allowed in the bay.

Roads and Maritime Services Executive Director Maritime Angus Mitchell said Roads and Maritime considered all feedback submitted during the public display of the Review of Environmental Factors in March and prepared a submissions report which responds to all the issues raised.

“The project, which will include the demolition of the existing facility, has been approved and will proceed with some changes resulting from community feedback and other key stakeholders,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Design changes include reducing the size of four berths from 20 to 15 metres and removing four swing moorings. This will result in no net increase in number of boats moored and berthed in Elizabeth Bay as part of this proposal.

“The kayak pontoon will also be repositioned and there will be 24 hour access for water taxis and kayak and paddle board users.”

Mr Mitchell said a total of 180 submissions from 176 members of the public and government agencies were received in response to the REF display. This included submissions from nine government agencies and 167 individuals.

“The majority of concerns expressed about the proposal related to the size of vessels and the increase in numbers and traffic in the bay and these were specifically addressed in the final report,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said seagrass around the marina was resurveyed after the Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) raised questions on potential impacts of the proposal on a small section of seagrass. The kayak pontoon now has been reconfigured allowing additional light to reach the seabed to further reduce the potential impact on local seagrass.

“Roads and Maritime will rebuild the structure to meet current building standards and guidelines as well as meeting relevant disability access requirements. The existing marina at Elizabeth Bay is deteriorating, despite numerous maintenance work carried out in previous years with parts of the marina now closed as they are unsafe,” he said.

“Roads and Maritime thanks all of the individuals and groups who have provided input into this important project.

“The project team is finalising the engagement of a construction contractor to develop construction management plans in preparation for the construction of the land and water marina facilities.

“The community will be notified before any work starts and as the project progresses at key stages of the project.”

To view or download the submissions report visit the project web page at: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/elizabethbaymarina.html

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

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