THE Shire of Murray has rejected an application for development approval for stage 1 earthworks for the controversial Point Grey Marina for the second time.
The council first rejected approval in April asking for a new application to be lodged by the developer.
This has since been done and the applicant has also lodged an application with SAT with an initial mediation date set for July 18.
Peel-Harvey Catchment Catchment Council chief executive Jane O’Malley asked councillors at Thursday’s meeting to ensure they had a clear understanding of the implications to the council if it approved a series of piece by piece applications leading to overall approval.
“Our waterways are clearly and consistently recognised as our most valuable economic asset and the submissions received highlight the varied concerns across industry and the community,” she said.
“Not one submission is in support of development approval.
“The risks of the marina and channel to the estuary are too high and cannot be mitigated.”
A spokesman for Birdlife said the development was a high risk to the estuary and the impacts were very high and irreversible.
Shire president David Bolt said he was torn between due regard to the planning framework under which the council operated and the need to look after the environment for the community.
He said he was not comfortable that the council might be locking itself into a decision with long reaching ramifications.
But Cr Brenda Beacham said the application was a planning application only and was being swamped by irrelevant information.
She urged the council to consider it on planning grounds only.
Cr Steve Lee said there were enough checks and balances to ensure the council did the right thing.