THE head of a company intending to build an $80 million processing plant at South Nowra has delivered a humiliating slapdown to a Shoalhaven councillor who questioned whether the project would go ahead.
On Monday, Cr Andrew Guile accused Mayor Joanna Gash of political grandstanding over the announcement last year that Algae.Tec would establish the plant that would over four years employ up to 100 people.
“A close inspection of the documentation behind the development application reveals that the change of use of the premises is valued at just $40,000 and the accompanying statement of environmental effects documents the current number of employees at five which may increase to 10 over the next three years,” Cr Guile said.
“Business investment should never be politicised for the purposes of point scoring.”
“A little learning is a dangerous thing,” Algae.Tec chairman Roger Stroud responded. “Cr Guile hasn’t got the full story.”
Mr Stroud said the DA now before council had nothing to do with the project but was related to moving some equipment around.
“The $80m stated project cost is correct, over a four-year period. It is crystal clear 100 jobs will be created over that period.
“If Cr Guile had taken the effort he would have been able to get the appropriate information and not make such a rash statement,” he said.