Perhaps Des Euen would like to explain how he expects a flood-prone Clarence River estuary port limited bya channel depth of 4.0m to the Goodwood Island common user berth, with a typical high tide maximum draft of only 5.0m (and a river mouth bar on which commercial shipping in the past was sometimes stuck until the next high tide) - will be able to accommodate his aspirations.
Saturday, 4 October 2014
In the words of Darryl Kerrigan (in The Castle), 'tell 'em they're dreaming' - it's not going to happen
[Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson, 5 March 2012]
plans are a pie-in-the-sky idea
[NSW Nationals MP Clarence Chris Gulaptis, 27 May 2014]
Sixty-four year-old Queenslander Des Euen’s current goal in life is to turn the small working port at Yamba, on which local fishing and tourism industries also heavily rely, into a generic freight hub at the end of a phantom west-east rail line and, in the process destroy a significant Yaegl cultural and spiritual site, Dirrangun reef.
He has created a website Y.P.R. Australia and registered a second company in March this year Y.P.R. (AUST) PTY LTD.
Like his first company, this second incorporated entity has Mr. Euan as sole director and secretary. All its shares are owned by him through his first $1-1 share company AUSTRALIAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS PTY LTD.
When talking up his plans Mr. Euen apparently alternates between generic freight hub and port to ship bulk petrochemicals/mineral ores, depending on his audience.
He appears to be more phantasist than self-educated businessman and, like all good teasers he always promises to reveal more later.
However, the holes in his grand plan have now drawn the mainstream media’s attention.
This was The Armidale Express on 1 October 2014:
The company YPR, owned by managing director Des Euen, wants council endorsements of the project from Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell, Uralla and Guyra.
But after an investigation The Armidale Express has revealed several organisations YPR has listed on its website as endorsing the project have not given approval.
One such organisation is engineering consultants Aurecon. YPR’s website names managing director Andrew Keith as giving his support.
But when The Express contacted Mr Keith, who is actually leader of mine services, he said while he spoke with Mr Euen neither he nor Aurecon had given anything resembling an endorsement.
Another apparent endorser is David Liddiard, a prominent indigenous businessman who is a well-known advocate for indigenous issues. But again Mr Liddiard said he had talked with Mr Euen but hadn’t endorsed the project.
Mr Liddiard was very concerned when he discovered there were fears the project could damage a culturally significant reef at the mouth of the Clarence River.
“If it’s going to interfere with indigenous sacred sites then I’m pretty against that,” he said.
Clarence Valley Council, which includes Yamba, told The Express YPR’s website used to feature a logo which implied it supported the project.
A spokesman from that Council said Mr Euen had not provided them with enough information to make an endorsement.
That logo has since been taken down. Another apparent endorsment is from Moree Plains Shire Council.
But while that council supported the project through committee resolution, but its executive projects officer John Carleton said this was different from an endorsement.
Rather surprisingly Mr. Euen appears somewhat camera shy, so this is the only image of him I have been able to find to date: