happening with the Commuter Pontoon?
Dear Fellow Residents,
The adoption of the Church Point Plan of Management (PoM) two years ago
was a great achievement following many years of hard work by offshore
residents. We have an important opportunity IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS to give
input on the advertised design plan for the works about to be put to
tender for commuter wharf.
Here are some points you might like to consider:
Do you want to keep the
cost of boat stickers to a minimum e.g. $100 instead of $285 per year?
We are paying for this, so a cheaper design would mean cheaper stickers.
How do we get the most
value for our money?
Estimated cost for the coming works is nearly half a million dollars.
$300,000 is the money collected from our carpark stickers, fines and
meters in the last year. There are simple, cost-effective plans that
could be considered and put to tender. Here are two possibilities that
incorporate the existing pontoon and so would be cheaper for us. Both
options below are suggestions for the first stage of pontoon works. The
PoM Plan is shown dotted. The second stage would depend on decision
about infill to extend road/carparking and which first stage pontoon
design is chosen.
Do you want an option to
retain the current pontoon as part of the new works to keep costs down?
(as in the above sketches)
Our current 65 metre commuter pontoon has an estimated 10-20 years of
The advertised plan was to re-use it as wings on the new longer main
pontoon. Council has now stated that it is no longer to be re-used and
so half a million dollars will give us a new ramp with disability
access and 100 metre main pontoon with far fewer additional boat spaces.
What design gives the most
boats protection from wind and waves?
Council, like us, is keen to address safety issues caused by parking
boats two-deep on the shore side. But many of us choose this option to
give our boats more protection. It would be great if the design offered
us as many sheltered spots as possible.
Have you thought about how
it’s going to look?
Any extension of pontoons takes up more space in this open water view.
In evaluating designs, thought needs to be given to retaining the
natural beauty of this waterway for on- and offshore residents and the
Do you want to extend the
pontoon in stages and see what our needs are after the introduction of
Keeping money in the bank simply allows us the flexibility to stage
works as they are needed. For example, the carpark stickers have helped
reduce numbers in the carpark, and the details of the proposed new
carparking opposite the commuter wharf area are yet to be discussed.
But isn’t this all settled
already by the Church Point Plan of Management?
There is general support from the offshore community for the plan which
finally gives us the legal right to park in Church Point Reserve. The
Management Plan assures us of ongoing detailed resident consultation
before any works are implemented. The design for the pontoon works is
about to be finalised and we’ve written this because we think broader
community input is valuable.
The opportunity is right
now or never.
Do you want the chance to
find out more and discuss options?
SIRA and WPCA and Council staff ASAP- within next few days. Council
staff are discussing this on Monday.
The General Manager
email@example.com 9970 1105
Director Urban &
Reserves, Recreation & Building Services,
firstname.lastname@example.org 9970 1354
email@example.com 9970 1356
Signed: Nila and Geoff Chambers, Emmie Collins, Jenny Cullen, Shona
Forsyth, Collin Haskell, Sharon and Paul Kinnison, Annabelle Kristevic,
Tracy Ponich, Iain Smale, Paul and Tracy Smith, Jill Unwin, Maria
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