Kennedy Bay planning again underway

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
The site plan for the proposed Kennedy Bay development.
Camera IconThe site plan for the proposed Kennedy Bay development.

A “once in a generation opportunity” for Port Kennedy is back on the drawing board with planning for a new residential, commercial and cultural development again underway.

Adjacent to the southern end of the Warnbro Sound, updated plans for the new Kennedy Bay development include about 900 residential lots ranging in size from 180sqm to 600sqm, as well as a commercial and cultural development.

The proposed 66ha coastal community has been pending for more than two decades with the first vision of development of the site dating back to 1992.

According to information released by the developers - dated August 2, 2019 - the first phase of new community infrastructure at the site includes upgrades to The Links Golf Club with a new restaurant that will be open to the general public by late 2021, and the release of the first residential lots by 2022.

While Port Kennedy Progress Association chairman Dirk Mulder welcomed the development, he said some residents felt they had been left in the dark on the progress of the development.

“Through many conversations I am having, and members of our committee are having with those in the local area, many people still don’t seem to be aware that the development is back on,” he said.

“It appears through information released by the developers that nine or so holes of the The Links at Kennedy Bay golf course will be lost for the development and re-built on the eastern side of the development area.

“There are still many details that have not yet been ironed out in what is a once in a generation opportunity for Port Kennedy.”

The Association is holding a public forum on Thursday, December 5 to bring the community up to speed on information that is available at this stage.

“At this point of the process it is really important that the local community has their voice understood,” Mr Mulder said.

“The Association hopes the night will be the start a genuinely open conversation with the local community about what the development will bring to it, as well as answer some of the initial questions the community may have.

“It will also provide an opportunity for the community to have their thoughts on the development recorded.”

The public forum will be held at 6pm in the function room at the Port Kennedy Tavern with community members welcome to attend.

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