Trinity Point Marina development the focus of Planning Assessment Commission's meeting at Morisset Country Club

YOUR SAY: PAC commissioners John Hann and Abigail Goldberg face the community at the Morisset meeting. Pictures: David Stewart
YOUR SAY: PAC commissioners John Hann and Abigail Goldberg face the community at the Morisset meeting. Pictures: David Stewart

COMMUNITY reactions to planned modifications to the land-based component of the $388 million Trinity Point marina development have been aired at a Planning Assessment Commission meeting at Morisset.

Six years ago, the state government approved a concept plan for the Morisset Park site.

At that time, the Johnson Property Group plan included a 188-berth marina, 150 apartments, a restaurant, boardwalk, conference centre and shops.

Under the newly modified plan, the number of apartments would increase to 250 and a 65-room hotel would be added.

The NSW Department of Planning recommended that the changes be approved, saying it was satisfied they would not adversely affect the environment and traffic, but would strengthen the site's viability.

Opponents of the plan told the PAC meeting they failed to understand how the department could recommend approval, given the extent of their concerns about traffic congestion, parking shortfalls, building scale, environmental impacts and visual amenity.

"It might be a great development, but it is in the wrong location," Morisset Park resident Margaret Carew said.

"I can't understand how the department can approve this with so many deviations from the original concept plan."

OPPONENT: Tom Dumbrell of Morisset Park and District Action Group.

OPPONENT: Tom Dumbrell of Morisset Park and District Action Group.

Juney Gordon, of Morisset, said the Morisset peninsula could not cope with the extra traffic that would be generated by the Trinity Point development, as well as new housing estates in the area.

"The traffic problem at the intersection of Fishery Point Road and Macquarie Street is a very bad one," Ms Gordon said.

"People are taking their lives in their hands there. People need to be able to get safe access in and out of the peninsula."

The Community Environment Network's spokesperson Avril Lockton said the modifications were an over-development of the site.

She said the proposed reduction of the Trinity Point footprint came with a 24 per cent increase in overall floor space.

Some supported the plan. Morisset Park resident Gary Wilson said he looked forward to the benefits that would flow from Trinity Point.

Businessman Bob Cowan, of Dora Creek, said the development would "enhance the values of the area".

He said there was currently no quality accommodation venues on the west side of the lake, and no conference centres.

He praised developer Keith Johnson for his foresight and perseverance.

"I can't wait to pull up in my boat there and have a meal and a few beers," he said.

The PAC will make a decision within weeks.

CHAIR: The PAC’s Abigail Goldberg.

CHAIR: The PAC’s Abigail Goldberg.

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