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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 17 2008
YOUR LOCAL CUMBERLAND NEWSPAPER THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST the fashion hub is coming to Westfield Burwood Book in for your FREE Style Consultation or attend a FREE Style Session. See Concierge for details. Grave concern Dead centre Dead centre PAGES 6-7 Waterway war FIONA BRADY Balmain Rowing Club president David Longhurst. A recreational rower on Iron Cove near the marina. Pictures: PHIL BLATCH Rowers stick oar in over marina upgrade PLANS to upgrade Birkenhead Point Marina have caused alarm among some local rowers, who fear the proposals could compro- mise safety on Iron Cove. Balmain Rowing Club president David Longhurst believes any in- crease in boat traffic could in- crease the risk for other waterway users. But in a statement, Birkenhead Marina said it had revised its upgrade design three times to address concerns raised by the NSW Rowing Association. The statement said the upgrade was necessary to ensure the ma- rina complied with revised Aust- ralian Maritime Standards. It is understood the upgrade will include the installation of a refuelling and sewage pump-out facility on the southern end of the marina, close to the Iron Cove Bridge. Mr Longhurst said the location of the new amenities was ''the worst option in terms of the impact on the rowing course, as well as the dangers to rowers' training''. He said the changes would com- promise the only Olympic- distance (2000m) rowing course on Sydney Harbour. ''This marina already compro- mises the very limited passive boating areas left on Sydney Har- bour, and its expansion would not only exacerbate the problem but hand what is public space over to a very limited few for commercial gain,'' he said. But Birkenhead Marina said it had carried out a ''comprehensive and transparent three-month stakeholder consultation process'' with the NSW Rowing Association and NSW Maritime to address safety concerns before revising its plans three times. ''These design enhancements have been implemented in good faith, to ensure safe vessel access to and from the marina, high visibility of recreational rowers training in the vicinity of the outer marina arm and minimal impact by marina vessels on row- ing regatta days,'' it said. Currently Birkenhead Point Marina has 187 berths, ranging in size from 6m to 15m. The plans have received pre- liminary approval from NSW Maritime but the marina will have to submit a development appli- cation to Canada Bay Council. The marina said it ''takes seriously its responsibilities as an essential service to the tenants of Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre and a growing number of Sydney boating enthusiasts''. The business was awarded a Canada Bay Council Environ- mental Business Award earlier this month. SEE PAGE 22 FOR DETAILS INANEWCAR Council elections Tally room Tally room PAGES 4-5
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