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Ulladulla Future Park Pulled

AUSTRALIA - Marine biologist Pia Winberg has given up her campaign for an aquaculture centre and community recreational facility after her dream was shattered by Shoalhaven City Councillors last week.

A report in the Milton and Ulladulla Times, says that councillors voted to push ahead with plans to develop sporting fields on an old sewerage treatment plant site and have suggested Pia consider an alternate location at Lake Tabourie for the Future Park.

But the Tabourie site is totally unsuitable and not financially viable according to Pia, who said she will not be pursuing that option.

“I won’t even consider the Tabourie location because it is too small, too costly to develop and totally unsuitable.

Other Option

Mayor Greg Watson is urging Pia and the Future Park management committee to look at developing an aquaculture facility on the council-owned decommissioned Holiday Haven Caravan Park treatment plant site.

He said the site has ponds that could be used for fish farming and is close to the ocean for access to fresh salt water. The council has also said it would consider some financial assistance to get the project off the ground.

“The Tabourie site is far better suited to this kind of project. It is a cheaper option for council because the site doesn’t require decontamination and is easy to excavate. I would think that council could assist financially using revenue from the nearby caravan park,” said Mayor Watson.

However Pia claims the Ulladulla site would have been a more financially viable option for the future park as it already has AUS$6 million worth of infrastructure, compared with the green field site at Tabourie. Pia said she will now give up on the project after 18 months of planning, researching and collecting government grants. She said that she could not keep fighting council and intended to pursue her own aquaculture projects and work with the Jervis Bay Marine Park.

View the Milton and Ulladulla Times story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy

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