EPA reviews request to extend Point Grey Marina construction start

The site of the proposed Point Grey Marina.
The site of the proposed Point Grey Marina.

THE Environmental Protection Authority is supporting a request to extend the start time on construction of the controversial Point Grey marina until August 1, 2022.

EPA chairman Tom Hatton said there had been no change to the proposal, no significant changes to the marina’s environment nor any new or additional information that would change the original advice.

He said the EPA was satisfied the existing implementation conditions would continuer to manage or mitigate impacts of the proposal.

Dr Hatton said the EPA was asked to inquire into and report on the matter of changing the implementation conditions relating to the proposal to extend the time limit for the start of construction, taking into consideration any new information.

“The EPA has supported a request to extend the time limit,’’ he said.

“Point Grey Development Company will be required to prepare a Channel and Management Monitoring Plan for estuary water and sediment quality prior to construction and will not be permitted to undertake dredging of the navigation and entrance channel between November 1 and April 30 in any year when the majority of migratory birds are present.

“The proponent will also be required to rehabilitate and revegetate at least 4.7ha of Point Grey foreshore within three years of completing construction and transfer 10.6ha of privately owned foreshore vegetation to the Crown for conservation purposes as part of an environmental offset strategy.”

The Point Grey Marina proposal is for construction and operation of an onshore marina and associated boating infrastructure on the western side of the Point Grey peninsula.

It includes construction of a 2.5 km navigation channel across the Harvey Estuary from the proposed marina to the Dawesville Channel.

The Environment Minister will make the final decision.