The public consultation period runs from Thursday 16 February 2023 to Thursday 9 March 2023
Council has resolved to lease portions of Council land, known as the South Lake Waterway to adjacent landowners with an existing or proposed pontoon subject to Community Consultation.
Comment was sought in relation to Council’s resolution, which is to establish two long-term ground leases over the land with landowners at 5 Southwater Drive, Port Lincoln and 1/25 Jubilee Drive, Port Lincoln. The purpose of these leases is to allow the prospective lessees to erect and use a pontoon to berth a vessel and associated activities.
Unlike properties adjoining the waterway from The Mews, Lakeview Avenue, Parnkalla Avenue, Village Place and the southern end of Southwater Drive, the extent of land ownership for properties within this portion of the waterway, including the two properties that this consultation relates to, does not extend into the waterway, therefore a lease agreement and/or permit with the landowner (Council) is required for the use of the land.
The property owners of 1/25 Jubilee Drive (CT Ref: Vol 4296 Folio 477) were granted Development Approval for a proposed pontoon adjacent to their property on the South Lake Waterway in 2006. Inadvertently at the time, the requirement to issue a lease over the waterway was overlooked. Subsequently, the pontoon was constructed and remains in-situ with no lease arrangement in place.
The property owners of 5 Southwater Drive (CT Ref: Vol 5903 Folio 81) have submitted a development application for the construction of a new pontoon which is yet to be assessed, pending evidence of landowner consent, which is subject to a community consultation process. Upon completion of the consultation period, it is proposed Council will issue landowner consent for the development along with negotiating the proposed lease arrangements. The development will still require Development Approval prior to construction.
If approved, each leaseholder will be required to pay an ongoing annual fee for a fixed-term period, both of which will be determined by Council.
Please refer to the diagram included in the 'Key Documents', which shows the waterway with the 2 proposed locations highlighted and estimated waterway widths utilising GIS software. It is to be noted that the guidelines for the design of marinas recommends a minimum safe navigational width for an interior channel (South Lake Waterway) as being 20m or 1.5L (where L is the length of the longest vessel in the waterway) whichever is greater.
Council encouraged and welcomed feedback, and asked for those making a written submission to clearly articulate whether you were for or against the proposal. All identifying information will be redacted from submissions in all cases where they are made available publicly.