The ‘Combined Frankston
Residents Group’(CFRG) is a body formed by members of several community
to address concerns that the Frankston City Council (FCC) is strongly
private sector marina
development at Oliver's
Hill, without having
all the facts and without having a clear mandate to do so from the
Members of the CFRG are
in favor of the provision of improved boat launching and retrieval
The group is convinced
however, that a
large private marina as proposed,
cannot be financially self-supporting. A
public subsidy of over $40 million for infrastructure and a continuing
subsidy for maintenance costs is both financially and environmentally
and not in the best interests of the Frankston community.
CFRG are concerned
that there is a lack of proper process and FCC are not acting with
and objectivity when acting as the proponent.
FCC has decided to
call for “Expressions of Interest” which means the scope and nature of
development are unclear.
CFRG are concerned
that the property developer Mirvac has
by FCC as expressing interest. The question has to be asked, is the
a guise for a real estate development project?
The Independent Panel
Report, February 2003, urged the planning authority to temper their
The CFRG calls on the
FCC to adopt a balanced approach to the project, and to
place all the
facts, relating to the proposed
Oliver’s Hill marina, before the public.
FCC must commence a ‘Marina
Project Awareness Program’, to clearly set
out all the facts
before the public, before proceeding further with the project.
The CFRG places the following
demands on Council:
- FCC cease acting as the
proponent and the developer while also having the
responsibility of the planning authority. It must cease using
ratepayer’s resources to advertise
and further the marina
- The alleged benefits and
liabilities to the community of the proposed marina, must be assessed
and publicly stated.
- Impacts that would accrue from
other development projects and services, currently needing ratepayer’s
funds, must be simultaneously assessed and publicly stated.
These development projects and
maintenance, dredging and restoration of the Kananook
utilization of boat mooring capacity.
a comprehensive sports and aquatic centre, with hydro-therapy facilities.
of a library and community hall in Langwarrin
and improvement of the
main Frankston library,
iv Improvement to school facilities and
v Improved roads and footpaths throughout
municipality for safety and convenience
Provision of multi storey car parks near
Station and TAFE college and at
vii Provision and maintenance of bus
and public toilets.
Provision and maintenance of sporting
facilities and parks and gardens.
day care and health centers and services.
better regional services for the aged, infirm and disabled.
historical sites including the Mechanics Institute.
of the Frankston ring road.
support to voluntary groups working in the community.
Responsibility and Accountability of Officers and Councillors
as Agents of the
Ratepayers and Residents
- Frankston Council must reveal to
the public the inherent financial and
environmental risks relating to the development and operation of
- The example of the Western
Port marina at Hastings,
commissioned in 1984, must
be placed before the public to provide a practical
illustration of the potential
The Western Port Marina has berths for approximately 300 keel
boats. This is the same number
of berths proposed for the Olivers Hill
The Western Port Marina has an 80% occupancy rate and is situated
in a sheltered part of Western Port Bay.
The estimated cost of building the Western Port marina today
would be some $30
million. The marina’s first two owners went into
liquidation. The marina was
sold to the current owner for approximately $3 million some 7 years
- The economic facts of the Olivers Hill marina development, including the
$40 million plus capital costs, all future maintenance costs and the
environmental dangers must be made available to the community for
possible requirement for public funding must be determined and stated, so
community can assess the value of the project.
- The ‘Marina Project Awareness
Program’ must disclose the fiscal responsibility and accountability of
officers and councilors, acting as the agents of Frankston
residents and ratepayers, in the event of the marina project becoming
debt encumbered during the construction and/or the operational stages
- Capital, maintenance and
operating costs and projected income from the marina must be forecast by experienced
accountants and this information made
publicly available, in accordance with the Panel Report.
- Council immediately make public
the financial feasibility study report of August 2004, undertaken by Ernst & Young, into the
- Key environmental impact studies
have not yet commenced yet FCC is calling to fast track development.
- FCC as the de facto developer
must ensure that comprehensive environmental studies including physical
modeling, are carried out as
required by the Panel Report in accordance with Amendment C15 and C30.
funded the financial feasibility study yet there has been no funding of the physical modeling to
determine environmental impacts on
results of the physical modeling and related studies must be placed
before the public in accordance with the ‘Marina
Program’ and details of the
results submitted to the
Department of Sustainability for approval.
- The Frankston and Mornington communities be made aware of the
probability of interference from the marina structure with the littoral
drift, with sand accretion and erosion of Davey’s
Bay and the beach sands along the foreshore to
the north of the
project. The actual
effects of the sand movements will
only be determined when
the physical modeling studies are
- Other potential concerns
relating to land slip from Olivers Hill,
noise and visual amenity must be included in the ‘Marina Project
& Democratic Process
- Council is now calling for
Expressions of Interest for development of the 35 hectare
site. CFCG ask what specifically has the Frankston community given approval for?
- The community has been subjected
to extensive pro marina advertising
by the FCC without
disclosure of all issues, such that all
balance is missing.
- It is time that the democratic
process is returned to the people of this City and they are given the
opportunity to exercise direction in their own name.
for forthcoming municipal
elections should make their views known to the electorate, as to the position they
will take with
respect to the
- A referendum should be held on
the issue, with the forthcoming November council elections providing an
appropriate opportunity, where a mandate can be sought from the community.
CFRG calls upon the FCC to restore Proper Process and Governance in the
Signed on behalf of
member groups and individuals:
J. Wachendorfer 97873528