Abalone plan sparks anger; unhappy residents question Dutton Way location
SEVERAL residents living around the site of a proposed new abalone farm expressed their anger at its location during the first of two information sessions held by the proponent this week.
Yumbah Aquaculture hosted the information session about the Yumbah Nyamat project at Portland’s Business Hub, which drew strong interest from community members.
Bolwarra businesswoman Rachael Matuschka lives on the Princes Hwy, Bolwarra, overlooking Portland Bay, and said at Monday evening’s meeting that she didn’t think the project belonged in an area that had good views from properties such as her residence at the top of the hill, and that was also popular with holiday-makers and beach visitors, especially in the area at the southern end of the proposed project – along Dutton Way.
The proposed new farm would extend west from the vicinity of the Henty Bay Beachfront Holiday Park and to the north, and extend in a triangular shape to the Princes Hwy, with all land proposed to be purchased for the site being 65 hectares.
The property is currently farmland and bordered by farmland, however most development would occur immediately north of Dutton Way.
Four strips of land would need to be dug up to house pipes that feed seawater to the farm and return water to the sea. The road will have to be dug up to place the pipes.
Yumbah Narrawong general manager Tim Rudge told Mrs Matuschka and others visiting the session that 20 pumps would be required on the west side of the property, with each pump 75 kilowatts.
He said all sea water used at the farm would have to travel to settlement ponds before returning to the ocean.