Southern Launch hold forums on Lower Eyre

CONSULTATION: Southern Launch chief executive officer Lloyd Damp and mechanical supervisor Brenton Ellis with some pamphlets presented at the information forums.
CONSULTATION: Southern Launch chief executive officer Lloyd Damp and mechanical supervisor Brenton Ellis with some pamphlets presented at the information forums.

More than 120 people heard more about the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex at information forums hosted by Southern Launch last week, with some raising concerns about noise and safety.

Southern Launch held a forum at the Anglican Parish Hall in Port Lincoln on Thursday morning, attended by about 100 people, before meeting with about 11 people at the Tulka Playground in the afternoon before finishing at Coffin Bay Yacht Club on Friday morning.

Southern Launch chief executive officer Lloyd Damp said people at the forums had been "overly positive" towards the project and the company managed to address issues including noise and the size of the proposed rockets.

"Ultimately if we can understand what's concerning people when we finalise the site design we can address their concerns," he said.

Mechanical supervisor Brenton Ellis is a local representative of Southern Launch and said these forums were needed so people could see first hand what was being proposed.

Coffin Bay resident Brian Witty attended the Coffin Bay forum and said he believed the project would be a great economic opportunity for South Australia.

"I think there are multiple opportunities with this technology and the degree it can help humanity with global environmental and humanitarian responses using affordable technology that is accessible to a wide range of people," he said.

Mr Damp said the company would continue its development process and work with Perigee Rocket LLC to finalise infrastructure designs and investigate potential sites at Whalers Way.

He said the company would return in the New Year to meet with community members to show designs and would look at doing presentations in schools.

Southern Launch encouraged anyone with questions or concerns to email wwdevteam@southernlaunch.space.