VISION: The site of the proposed marina and hotel development at Cattle Bay.Proponents of Eden’s two marina projects are in a pitched battle, with both parties claiming millions of dollars of investment and hundreds of jobs in the town are at risk unless the NSW government bends to their respective requests.
The private developer behind the proposal for a 154-berth marina, international resort hotel, conference centre and housingat Cattle Bay now wants the government to pick up the tab for its wave attenuator.
Eden Marina Cattle Bay spokesman Bob Carter released a 16-page project statement last week – a copy of which was given to the Magnet – stating a wave attenuator in the bay was “essential”.
Representations had been made to Bega Valley Shire Council as well as the NSW and federal governments to provide funding for the construction of the wave attentuator and associated core capital works at Cattle Bay, the project statement said.
“Without the wave attenuator, the marina cannot be constructed,” the statement said.
“Without funding there will be no wave attenuator and without the wave attenuator there can be no marina, no hotel complex, no residential development, no employment growth and no economic benefit to the local community.”
However, Transport and Infrastructure Minister and Member for Bega Andrew Constance told the Magneton Tuesdayit was not up to taxpayers to make a private sector development work.
Mr Constance remains unequivocal in his plans – announced in the June 2014 State Budget – that Snug Cove would be at the centre of Eden’s economic revival, with both an extension to the wharf to enable cruise ships to berth and a wave attenuator to improvemaritime safety in that location.
“I will absolutely drive the project at Snug Cove,” Mr Constance said.
“What the government has committed to is an unprecedented spend right in the heart of Eden,” he said.
Cattle Bay Eden Marina’s project statement includes endorsements from Eden Chamber of Commerce president Jenny Robb.Mr Carter alsomet with Mayor Michael Britten who he said was “very much on-side”.
The continuing argie-bargie over Cattle Bay and Snug Cove comes as the other proponent, the Port of Eden Marina group, calls a public meetingto have Eden residents”vote” on what they want.
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