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Community concerns with Stage 1 1. Affordability The community has ...
FEEDBACK ON REVISED DRAFT CONCEPT METUNG MARINA REDEVELOPMENT 2 September 2008 Community concerns with Stage 1 1. Affordability The community has grave concerns about the affordability of the berths under the arrangements proposed, and the fact that there would be no option for annual or itinerant rental of the new berths – all are to be subject to 10 year leases. The MCDG agrees with the concept that the berth holder revenue would fund the total cost of construction, and that since we have been unable to get the Shire to agree to a refurbishment rather than a rebuild, this will unavoidably cost more. We also accept that a fair maintenance fee should be charged to maintain the marina in good condition and we agree that a fair contribution be made to foreshore management. However, even without seeing detailed cash‐flow projections it is clear that from year 10 onwards, the facility will generate significant cash‐flow for the Shire far in excess of what will be required to maintain the marina and fund foreshore management. The MCDG believes that the cost of itinerant, annual and long term rental of berths should be equitable to the expenditure over the life of the Marina. It is also noted that the estimates for 10 year leases are at the lower end of estimates (by the Shire’s admission in the Exhibition document) and could cost considerably more when final build costs are known. The community is also concerned that the northern part of the marina will continue to be available for rent only for as long as it remains viable to maintain it, and that all maintenance costs will be passed on to the berth holders. It is therefore impossible to know how expensive these berths will become in the future, or for how long the annual rental option will remain available. Feedback on revised Draft Concept – Metung Marina Redevelopment 2 September 2008 1 2. Management The MCDG notes that the Shire offers in the Exhibition document to establish a new advisory committee, comprising two berth holders from Chinaman’s Creek, two from Metung marina and two non‐aligned community members. It is not clear how selection or appointment will be made. This point needs to be clarified together with the role envisaged for the MCDG in the future. While the MCDG is generally happy with the terms of reference of the advisory committee it would like to know that the committee would have access to necessary financial statements in order to provide constructive assessment for the design and operational conduct of the Marina. The MCDG would strongly recommend ongoing input from MCDG into the design brief and deliberations on final design. The MCDG has considerable professional design expertise available to it and has a strong and constructive contribution to make, if permitted to do so. 3. Design The MCDG has given ‘in‐principle’ agreement to the plan for Stage 1, but it believes the design can be improved and made more visually appealing, for example by changing the alignment to follow the coast line. We have included a suggested alternative layout for Shire consideration, including a possible solution for the Juniors sailing adjacent to the existing hardstand, that the Shire may wish to take up with the Metung Yacht Club. 4. Project Schedule The Metung community has great concern with the programme as set out in the Exhibition document. It states that construction will not commence for more than two years and not be completed for almost three years. The community is concerned about the viability of the marina in the meantime, and would not like to see any more berths closed for safety reasons. It was strongly suggested that consideration be given to an urgent repair of the existing wave wall to provide time for the rebuild to occur. 5. Public facilities The MCDG proposes that in view of the extended time lines of the project, ask the Shire to consider bringing forward into Stage 1 important public facilities such as fuel and sewerage pump‐out facilities. Community concerns with Stage 2 Although Stage 2 has been taken off the table pending the outcome of community consultation over the UDF/Metung Masterplan, the MCDG believes it is critical that this opportunity be taken to re‐iterate its very serious concerns about core objections to certain elements of Stage 2 as they have been presented by the Shire in various versions of ‘Concept 08’ to date. They are: 1. The reclaiming of the lake to provide for additional car parking. Metung Marina Precinct 2 September 2008 2 2. The inclusion of a public boat ramp, which increases the pressure on parking and manoeuvring space. 3. The building of an additional building in the northern section of the marina as a berth holder’s facility. We believe this facility should either be co‐located with the current yacht club (for example, downstairs at the current building) or across the road from the Yacht Club. Peter LeRoy, Chairman, MCDG Metung Marina Precinct 2 September 2008 3
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