A $ 1.1 million campsite is proposed for the popular Murray’s Brewery at Bobs Farm.
According to the Port Stephens Council DA tracker, the Nelson Bay Road site, formerly known as Port Stephens Winery, plans to build 30 bell tents (plus one eco tent) along with amenities, a swimming pool, and site work.
Partial removal of vegetation is also planned.
“The proposal aims to create a campsite that offers an outdoor retreat that combines the closeness to nature associated with camping with the luxury and convenience of proper self-catering accommodation in a convenient location”, it says in the proposal.
The reviewer asked owner Murray Howe for comment but had received no response by Tuesday’s print deadline.
The 10.1 hectare area is relatively free of vegetation in the front area and densely greened to the rear, according to the perception planning that applied for it.
The total area of the campsite is approx. 3 hectares, which requires the planned development [and] the removal of 0.04 hectares of native vegetation (poor chokeberry and Old Man Banksia forest) and 0.85 hectares of cultivated, exotic grassland.
The goal of the owner is to preserve the ecological values of the site for a natural camping experience.
‘The proposed development is unlikely to have a significant impact on native flora and fauna … and as a result of the proposed development there will be no significant impact on the ecological values of the area or surrounding area,’ the report said .
The campsite is expected to have a positive economic impact on the tourism and visitor industries in Port Stephens and create more jobs, the applicant says.
“The proposed campsite makes good use of the existing land and does not conflict with the existing land use. Rather, the additional use incurs residence fees that are used to maintain the ecological importance of the site.
“It is understood that the proposal will not have a significant impact on the surrounding properties, so it will likely affect their enjoyment or amenities.”
The DA says a survey was conducted for koalas using the koala spot scoring technique.
“Although no signs of koalas were detected as part of this preliminary assessment, numerous recent records in the woods surrounding the site indicate the presence of a local population who may be using the area. A preferred koala forage tree (Eucalyptus pilularis – blackbutt ) was also found to be dominant within the vegetation. “
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