Yumbah Aquaculture, Kangaroo Island council react to KIPT Smith Bay port response

KIPT's proposed Smith Bay port and jetty in black and the neighbouring Yumbah Aquaculture abalone farm marked in yellow directly adjacent.
KIPT's proposed Smith Bay port and jetty in black and the neighbouring Yumbah Aquaculture abalone farm marked in yellow directly adjacent.

Yumbah Aquaculture has dismissed claims by Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers that the proposed port at Smith Bay would not have an adverse impact on its adjacent abalone farm.

KIPT this month released its 799-page response document to issues raised during the Environmental Impact Statement process.

Yumbah director Anthony Hall said the abalone crop was reliant on a particular kind of ocean environment.

"This is not supposition but is based on a series of scientific studies as well as decades of experience farming abalone," Mr Hall said.

He also said KIPT pointing to Yumbah's proposal to develop a new facility in proximity to a hardwood woodchip export terminal at Portland Victoria was not relevant.

"Yumbah has identical biosecurity, light and noise concerns at every one of its farms. The risk is acceptable at Nyamat in Victoria because the Port of Portland is 4.8 km away from our proposed site. The two are not comparable developments," he said.

"Yumbah has repeatedly indicated that its Kangaroo Island farm will likely be forced to close if the seaport proceeds. It has been transparent about putting on hold significant expansion plans for Smith Bay as the risk of the seaport makes further expansion imprudent. On numerous occasions Yumbah has committed to develop the farm further when the existential threat of the seaport is removed."

The Kangaroo Island Council meanwhile also opposes the Smith Bay proposal and is also expected to make a statement on KIPT's EIS response.

The next stage is an assessment report, followed by the minister's decision. You can see the report and proposal stages on the SA planning portal online.