The Goulburn Barefoot Waterski Club has taken another step towards achieving its bid to lease the Goulburn Mulwaree Council reserve at Copford Reach, as the council has decided to undertake the recommended 28-day public consultation process during its meeting on Tuesday February 5.
As part of this process, the Waterski Club will be granted three days per week on which it could trial boats on the stretch of water, which was proposed by councillor Andrew Banfield.
“The Waterski Club consists of a group of people that all would have full time jobs, I would presume, and it gives them the flexibility to use that facility in a more realistic period as would be accomplished if they get approval … rather than just have specified times,” Cr Banfield said during the meeting.
The added advantage of non-specified days in which the club could trial its boats was that it would ensure an unbiased response from the public.
The boats will be allowed to operate between 9am and 7pm during those three days.
Councillor Peter Walker also spoke in support of the club during the meeting, and believed that the public could come around in support of the club if they took the time to see it for themselves.
“I think it’s important that the 28-day period go out to public consultation, because in the last couple of weeks, all councillors and senior staff were actually invited down there by the club to see first-hand,” Cr Walker said.
“I for one haven’t been there before, and I was quite surprised with what is there, and I was quite surprised with the welcome we got and what I got to see.
“At least giving them a public consultation program lets everyone see it fair and square for what they’re trying to achieve.”
While the public now has 28 days to offer comments, the club still has to contend with the other issues raised by council reports in November and December, namely:
- Noise and proximity to nearby houses and housing developments
- Lack of amenities
- Suitability of banks for large events
- Parking for large events
- Impacts on fishing in the area
- Fuel contamination from potential spillage
The club will also need approval from Water NSW and Crown Lands.