The new boat shed when it was under construction at Munna Point.
The new boat shed when it was under construction at Munna Point.

Call for boat shed 'monstrosity' to be rejected

A NOOSAVILLE resident is urging Noosa Council this week to "make a decision with the next 100 years in mind" and force the State Government to quit the boating and fisheries patrol site at Munna Point.

Doug Castledine believes the large structure built and currently seeking Noosa Council approval has been a mistake from its beginning dating back 50 years.

He has written to the council asking them to reject the facility claiming the building should be demolished "reinstating the beach and the park" for public use.

Mr Castledine said the facility is used to house vessels that patrol waterways from Bribie Island to Fraser Island.

"The facility should be located somewhere central to the patrol area and on the Bruce Highway, such as Gympie," he said.

"We are now in the middle of a State Government strategy to construct a whole new large industrial facility on the Noosa River.

"The government has demolished the first structure and replaced it with a monster industrial shed."

One Noosaville resident said this simply have to go from the Noosa River.
One Noosaville resident said this simply have to go from the Noosa River.

He said the remaining building on site is structurally unsound and he is concerned the state department may also wish to replace with a multistorey administration building.

"And then? Will a new marina with a modern boat launching ramp be constructed?" Mr Castledine said.

"The people of Noosa do not want such a large industrial facility on our river bank for the next 100 years."

He is concerned council staff have accepted some "minor cosmetic works" to soften the look of the building like reducing the height by a little more than metre, as part of a retrospective approval application.

"This retrospective development application for the first element of the new facility development should be rejected by council," he said.

Mr Castledine described the facility as an "environmental disaster" and the "built form of the facility can never be softened".

"The visual impact is horrible and can never be improved despite any number of visual analyses," he said.

"The proposed building in no way represents a contemporary adaptation of the surrounding residential building character and is totally inappropriate to the Munna Point location."

Mr Castledine believes there is no justification for allowing the facility to remain in Noosa.

Noosa Council on Thursday will vote on a staff recommendation from staff to approve a modified structure.



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