Cockatoo Island Marine Centre proposed the construction of dry boat storage for up to 123 boats in two tier open racks on the island’s Southern Apron; installation of pontoons along the southern side of Sutherland Dock to provide marina berthing for up to 24 boats; berthing for up to eight larger boats, including two pontoons, at Sutherland Wharf located on the southern side of the Southern Apron; and installation of a bunded maintenance facility for minor maintenance of boats up to 40 feet (12.2m) in length.
The aims of the marine ecology assessment were to:
- Describe the existing aquatic environment within the field survey area and locality and determine the potential aquatic biodiversity constraints to the proposed works, in particular any habitats and/or flora and fauna species of conservation significance occurring or likely to occur at the proposal site.
- Determine the potential construction and operational impacts of the proposal on marine biodiversity and in particular on any habitats and/or flora and fauna species of conservation significance occurring or likely to occur within and in the vicinity of the field survey area.
- Provide safeguards and management measures to mitigate any potential impacts.