The development of a diesel import facility at Port Bonython is the “start of the rot” for the Point Lowly Peninsula.
This is according to Alternative Ports Working Party (APWP) spokesman Sid Wilson.
Mr Wilson said the development, which received approval in 2009 and has since been taken over by Mitsubishi Corporation for establishment, would hinder the future of the Point Lowly Peninsula.
He said the development, which was of a large scale, would be the start of the end for tourism in the area.
“It still is a problem in that it’s the start of the rot for the Lowly peninsula,” he said.
“The thing people don’t understand is that it is a bigger facility than Santos.
“It’s another 300 acres of industry.
“The area won’t be developed for tourism or recreation if this goes ahead.”
Mr Wilson said he questioned the viability of the project when compared to the benefits tourism from the area could create.
“My view is that it will be as detrimental for the economy as it will be worthwhile,” he said.
“Are the 10 people who work there and their families going to buy their clothes from the ladies dress shop or are you better off having thousands of caravaners a year coming through who are going to spend money?”
Mr Wilson said since the project received initial development approval in 2009, a number of important points had changed.
“When they did the development application they had no consideration for the marine environment,” he said.
“New information has come to bear, the Spencer Gulf Port Link stuff which says if you’re going to use big ships, or capes, then this is the type of rocks you’re going to be throwing around.
“There’s been a time lapse and there’s more information available now.”
Mr Wilson said he hoped Mitsubishi Corporation would take into account the information presented in Spencer Gulf Port Links’ EIS before continuing with the development.