Farmers in the Albany Port Zone applaud Albany Council on Albany Waterfront Development Position
Media release 16 July 2018 from Stirlings to Coast Farmers
The Stirlings to Coast Farmers group (SCF) welcome Albany City Councillors’ ongoing commitment to maintain unrestricted access to the Albany Port. The City of Albany took the position to restrict permanent residency on the foreshore precinct at its planning meeting held last week in Albany Council Chambers.
The proposal to modify planning restrictions, introducing permanent residential accommodation in future waterfront developments, was flatly opposed by the Farming group. In public comments at the meeting SCF Commodities Committee Chair and Board member Mr Darren Moir, said “We (farmers) operate in a global market. We currently enjoy a competitive advantage over our rivals the Russians and Ukrainians in getting our grain onto ships and to the customer first. This cannot be compromised.”
“We are not against development. We support measures such as the ring road to take bulk haulage off the commercial strip of Chester Pass Road but residential housing on such an important freight route will only lead to noise complaints and possible restrictions on port access in the future”
“Our members feel that the same conditions that prohibited permanent residential development in the Waterfront Agreement in 2007 still hold true today and we have been hanging our hats on that.” Mr Moir highlighted, the SCF group is investing significantly in research aimed at increasing agricultural competitiveness in the lower great southern and pointed to the economic benefits that the city enjoys from this increased economic activity.
After the meeting, Mr Moir was reassured of the City of Albany’s commitment to 24-hour access to the port for farmers. “I would like to thank the Mayor Wellington for his statements, that the port is paramount and there should be no impediment to the operation of the port, ” said Mr Moir.
“I would like to thank Councillors Good, Smith and Deputy Mayor Stocks for their contribution to the debate in outlining that there had been no acceptance within council that permanent residential accommodation on the waterfront was a forgone conclusion.”
“These comments have gone a long way to quieting the alarm within our membership who are concerned by the persistence of developers who keep presenting planning proposals that seek to change the zoning to include residential development alongside such a critical transport route for our members.”
“As representatives of the agricultural industry in the great southern we look forward to working with the city to improve mass freight transport efficiency and ensure maximum public amenity for our city.”
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