$14 million eco-tourism facility at Williamtown recommended for approval by planning panel

CONCEPT: An architectural drawing of the plans for the Williamtown eco-tourism facility.
CONCEPT: An architectural drawing of the plans for the Williamtown eco-tourism facility.

The Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel will meet in Raymond Terrace next week where it is expected it will approve the development application for a $14 million eco-tourism facility at Williamtown.

A DA to build an eco-tourism centre at 27 Stockton Bight Track was lodged with Port Stephens Council in November 2018 by Environmental Property Services on behalf of the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council and forwarded to the planning panel in July 2019 for assessment.

The panel's recommendation is for the DA to be approved subject to a series of conditions.

It is expect to deliver its determination during a public meeting at Port Stephens Council's administration building in Raymond Terrace on Friday, November 22 at 2.30pm.

The Examiner sought comment from the Worimi LALC but received no response by Tuesday's print deadline.

The application involves the construction of 44 accommodation units, a manager's residence, quad bike storage and maintenance area, amphitheatre for educational performances and a carpark for 77 cars and six coach spaces, plus two drop-off areas.

"The proposed development aims to address the unregulated camping currently occurring on the site due to a lack of accommodation within the area," planning documents for the development outline.

"As a result, the proponents aim to provide sustainable accommodation and amenities for tourists and visitors within a culturally and environmentally diverse area.

The advertisement for the planning panel meeting which appeared in the Examiner on November 7.

The advertisement for the planning panel meeting which appeared in the Examiner on November 7.

"The proposal includes other associated services and activities, such as quad-bike tours, bush tucker sessions, cultural awareness tours, general flora/fauna tours."

Residents wishing to speak at the November 22 meeting are asked to register by 4pm on November 20 via enquiry@planningplanels.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 8217 2060.

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