Urangan Fisheries saved
THE FUTURE of the Coast’s biggest fish processor, retailer and exporter, Urangan Fisheries, at the Boat Harbour, looks to have been saved after a closed door council meeting.
Urangan Fisheries representatives met with council planning bosses on Wednesday to try to resolve a stand-off on their application to turn the business into a one-stop Hervey Bay venture.
Last year Urangan Fisheries told the council it wanted to expand its premises on the waterfront land it leases from the State Government – but first it needed the council to approve its Material Change of Use application.
The council wrote back saying the building would have “an unacceptable adverse impact” and “it is unlikely the proposal can be supported”.
“They want to build an additional cold storage facility,” Urban Planet Town Planning partner Ward Veitch said.
“They have been using storage in Gladstone, Brisbane, Bundaberg and the Bay and this extension would bring everything into a one-stop shop.”
On Monday the Chronicle emailed the council’s CEO Andrew Brien with questions about the council’s negative decision on the project that would create more local jobs at the fisheries.
Later that day the council’s acting director of development services, Michael Ellery, said he was meeting on Wednesday with the developers.
“The council is happy to see the development expand in an appropriate way. The use is entirely compatible with the Urangan Boat harbour precinct.”
Urangan Fisheries has been processing and exporting fresh and frozen seafood to Asia, the US and the European Union for more than 10 years and works with seven prawn/scallop trawlers in this region.
Mr Veitch said he was hopeful the meeting may have resolved the matter.