The development of a marina on the banks of the Georges River, in Moorebank, has been approved by an independent panel.
The $47 million marina is to consolidate Liverpool Council’s vision of turning its river frontage into a first class recreational area.
The Joint Regional Planning Panel’s (JRPP) approval ends 15 years of planning and negotiation by proposed developers Benedict Industries.
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller has welcomed the decision saying “project was a major boost for the people of Sydney’s Great South West”.
“The marina will bring significant social benefits to residents and people visiting the Great South West,” she said.
“In conjunction with the Georges River Master Plan it will reinvigorate and emphasise Liverpool’s identity as a river city, complementing Council’s vision to transform the precinct.”
Once completed, the new marina will provide 250 dry berths, as well as a function centre and entertainment and recreational amenities. There will be space for 186 craft (including casual berths) and environmental upgrades including revegetation of the riverbank.
The marina will also provide 637 car parking spaces.
Ms Waller said the panel’s decision to support the marina development showed that the previously approved Moorebank recycling plant was “a completely inappropriate and outdated development”.
“The plan is for the recycling plant to be built between the marina and 2000 new family homes at Georges Fair,” she said.
“This is completely against the wishes of the community and inconsistent with council’s future plans for the area.”
The NSW Planning and Assessment Commission approved the recycling project earlier this year. Council has appealed the decision and proceedings will begin in the Land and Environment Court from October 10.