great new for Port Wakefield, hope this happens!!!
A town divided over $250m marina project
By LOUISE TRECCASI
A PROPOSED $250 million housing and marina development at Port Wakefield will add up to 2000 new homes to the town of about 800 people, but locals are split over the plan.
The developers yesterday revealed details and estimated costs of the project they say will address Port Wakefield's "massive" housing shortage.
Gulf Harbour Pty Ltd, a company controlled by the Chapman family - who were responsible for the Hindmarsh Island marina development in the 1990s - owns a 324ha site adjoining the main highway.
The proposal is for up to 2000 homes to be built south of Port Wakefield on both sides of the highway. The first stage would incorporate about 500 homes on the western side. Plans also include a marina and a shopping centre.
The company also will ask for State Government major project status to fast-track approvals and will seek outside funding for the project.
"We see this project targeting the primary residence market within commuting distance to Adelaide," developer Andrew Chapman said.
But locals have expressed mixed feelings over the plan. Retired local fisherman Frank Cicolella welcomed "any progress in Port Wakefield to get it moving".
"It will create work and bring people into the town," he said.
His son, Mark, also a retired fisherman, said such a project would boost tourism, but he was concerned about possible environmental impacts.
"The effects of dredging a channel out to build a marina could kill hundreds of mangroves," he said.
Kipling's Bakery owner John Kipling said housing should only be built on the western side of the highway.
"Our highway bypasses the town and if someone builds on the eastern side it will split the town in half and you will have a national highway going through the centre of a town," he said.
Aboriginal representatives have already expressed concern that the Port Wakefield plan could violate cultural heritage, but Mr Chapman said research showed no "sacred Aboriginal" issues.
The company is seeking meetings with the Government to discuss environmental, cultural and planning issues, but a Government spokesman said it was too early to comment.