Environmental issues put Bellawongarah resort on hold

Developer defends resort plan.

Proposed eco resort will employ 20 staff.

The development application for a $14 million, 42 accommodation unit resort between Berry and Kangaroo Valley has been withdrawn.

As part of the development application process Shoalhaven City Council has asked the owners to address concerns over noise in the proposed resort's function centre. Council staff also requested more detail for the Environmental Impact Statement regarding the use of a proposed quarry for landfill. 

Once the issues are addressed the Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be re-submitted.

The Hamilton family of Bellawongarah lodged the development application with Shoalhaven City Council for 42 accommodation units and associated facilities, including a restaurant and function centre. 

The proposal has drawn criticism from some members of the community in kangaroo Valley and Berry.

Concerns have been raised over the number of people at the development at any one time.

Owner David Hamilton said the maximum number of people who could stay was 84 .

"The function centre or conference room can only hold up to 120 people,” he said.

“At any one time, the most people we would have on the location is 120 guests and 20 staff. Saying we could have up to 250 people is nonsense."

He said concerns about bushfire danger, noise, water supply and distribution of treated effluent were also being addressed with Shoalhaven City Council.

If approved work would start within four months and take around 12 months.

A decision on the development will be made by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

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