Auric Consortium and the RMI Group will hold a public meeting at Huskisson on Saturday, November 5 to outline their controversial multi-million development proposal for the area.
The consortium has proposed to relocate Club Jervis Bay to the western side of Currambene Street on land owned by Shoalhaven City Council (59 Owen Street) and construct apartments on the current club site.
According to developer George Anasta the project overlooking Currambene Creek and Jervis Bay has the potential to put the area on the map as a tourist destination and would secure the club and town’s future.
The meeting will be held at the Owen Street car park area from 11am.
“It is an opportunity for the public to actually hear about our proposal,” Mr Anasta said.
“I would also like to see the new members of council there to be able to see and hear what we have planned. Be able to walk on the site and see how what we have planned would improve the location.
“It has the potential to make Club Jervis Bay a leading edge club for the next 50 years.”
He said a number of shops could be located near the club, from which it [the club] could receive the rent from those businesses.
An 80 room motel and serviced apartments is also planned for the former club site, which Anasta claims would make Huskisson a destination.
Shoalhaven City Council has moved to change the land classification of the block, which would effectively stop such a proposal and provide some protection over the vacant block.
It is moving to give the public notice and advertise for a minimum of 28 days its intention to reclassify the land
Mr Anasta said the move to make it community land was illegal, a claim rejected by council general manager Russ Pigg.
Mr Anasta has also refuted claims by Councillor Greg Watson, who has come out against the proposal, that the development would obliterate the view which is so iconic to Huskisson.
“Mr Watson claims the underground development was going to be 1.8 metres above Owen Street itself which would effectively obscure the view,” Mr Anasta said.
“That’s not correct. It is only 900 to one metre. To say it is 1.8m is just misleading.
“We have made it no taller than what a car in the car park would already be. It won’t block the view.
“In our proposal the view would remain. We were going to set the development for the RSL site back and the view would still be there.”