July 16th 2009
Tyrell “happier” with new plans for TOT
A revised masterplan, which would see the residential component of the $1 billion Townsville Ocean Terminal project moved further away from the port, is about to undergo a new round of State Government assessment.
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe announced yesterday that City Pacific had lodged its redesigned project plans with the Coordinator-General.
Mayor of Townsville, Cr Les Tyrell, told Magnetic Times, “I’m much happier with what is being proposed.”
According to Minister Hinchcliffe, "About 1900 jobs would be created during three years of project construction and approximately 50 ongoing operational jobs would be needed for the terminal.
"A military and cruise ship terminal is well overdue for the region so it can reap the maximum benefits from tourists and sailors."
In February, Coordinator-General Colin Jensen approved the project subject to planning and environmental recommendations being met.
"The main condition was that permanent homes be at least 1km from the existing port's seaward mineral loading berths," Mr Hinchliffe said.
Cr Tyrell said today, “We have always been 100 per cent behind the ocean terminal, but the earlier proposals which placed the residential component of the project in close proximity to the largest port in the North were a recipe for disaster.
“While we were told we couldn't have one without the other, the council wasn’t prepared to yield on the residential issue and I’m glad we stood firm.
“This latest design locates the residential developments further away from the port with additional protection measures that reduce the potential for conflict between the two."
An aerial view of the proposed development
"Around 80 hectares of ocean bed north of the casino could transform into a shipping terminal, residential waterfront development, marina and public foreshore park areas,” said the Minister.
The Coordinator-General will now await further expert and technical reports before deciding whether to recommend approval of the project.
City Pacific must also meet the requirements of a development agreement signed in 2006 and seek Federal Government approval of potential environmental impacts.
The new master plan retains the ocean terminal precinct and stays within the existing development site limits.
The major differences between the old plan and new design are:
·Around 80 detached houses and villas compared to 200 previously
·More than 750 apartments compared to 500 previously
·More marina berths 375 now versus 365 previously
·Two additional superyacht berths (now 12)
·Introduction of a five-star hotel with 180 rooms
·Introduction of 180 serviced apartments (three-star standard)
·Retention of 600 car parking spaces for the Townsville Entertainment Centre
·Introduction of 250 marina car parking spaces.
TABCORP and City Pacific have been working on the project since mid-2006. Subject to obtaining all the necessary approvals, development is expected to commence in late 2010 with the ocean terminal operational in 2012.
Coordinator-General Colin Jensen said the project could only proceed if it met conditions around its interaction with the port and its impacts on marine life, water quality and coastal hazards.
Approval conditions would include:
strict design requirements that cater for climate change and storm events;
minimising disruption to boat users in Ross Creek;
residents of the proposed development will have to agree to a port protection measures package that includes limitations on their rights to make nuisance complaints over dust, odour and noise;
a range of measures designed to avoid contamination of waterways; and
infrastructure agreements for roads, pavement wear, water and sewerage.
Artist's impressions courtesy: Qld Dept Infrastructure & Planning
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