Oyster HQ looks to expand in Coffin Bay

Oyster HQ in Coffin Bay is looking to expand its services by adding a licensed cafe, tour office and function centre but some residents are concerned the proposed development does not include enough parking.

Concerns were raised on the Coffin Bay Community Noticeboard Facebook page that the proposed 17 car parks and one bus park was not enough for a development that could cater to up to 92 patrons

The category three development proposes adding an oyster farm and boat hire tour office and a licensed cafe to the existing infrastructure, before extending the deck and adding a verandah for functions.

Functions would be held between 4pm and 11.59pm with a maximum of two per month or 18 per year.

In the application Oyster HQ owner Kim Thomas said the maximum number of 92 patrons at the site was based on guidelines from the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council.

She said it was based on the assumption of four passengers per car, equaling 68, and the standard bus size of 24 passengers.

"As per the information provided by (council's director of works and infrastructure) Alex Douglas, DCLEP have determined there is room for 17 car parks (and) bus parking," she said.

The car parks would be delineated by treated pine logs and local limestone "to maintain the rural look and feel of the area".

The proposed location of the car park is on the Esplanade near Giles Road and would require some Eucalyptus tuart trees to be removed.

The council's development and environmental manager Leith Blacker said each applicant put forward a proposed number of car parks for their development and the council would determine if it met requirements.

"Applicants can apply for what they want and after the public submission period, our planner will determine if it meets our requirements before making a recommendation to the council's assessment panel," he said.

Submissions for the development closed on July 12.