Kay Cottee talks to Martin Corben of the ABC. She is hoping to develop a marina in Ballina.
Kay Cottee talks to Martin Corben of the ABC. She is hoping to develop a marina in Ballina.

Kay Cottee and partner look to spread their wings

By JAMIE BROWN

The Northern Star

AROUND-theworld solo yachtswoman Kay Cottee and her husband Peter Sutton of Palmers Island are ready to spend more than $2million to build a 100-

berth marina at Ballina.

Mr Sutton said yesterday that the pair, who own the Yamba Marina, were in active negotiations with the Ballina Shire Council and the Department of Lands and would present both with a concept plan within three weeks.

Mr Sutton said their preferred location for the marina would be at the trawler harbour, combining berths with a shore-based hardstand and a dry-stack facility to cater for a range of boating enthusiasts.

"We know how to do a project like this," he said. "We know the socio-economic structure of the Northern Rivers."

The Ballina Shire Council and the Department of Lands is devising a red-tape roadmap for potential maritime developers on the north bank of the Richmond, which includes the trawler harbour.

Council general manager John Christopherson said the council was very supportive of marine infrastructure.

"There is no doubt Ballina could benefit from this," he said.

"It is a real opportunity. There are complications but that doesn't mean it can't happen."

"However, the level of council involvement is really a matter for the elected councillors," he said.



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