Power boat ban rejected
Councillors rejected a proposed ban on powered vessels at Lake Mullocullup at a City of Albany council meeting on Tuesday night.
Despite a chorus of concern in public question time, councillors voted in favour of an alternative motion by Cr Rob Sutton.
Cr Sutton said no adverse environmental impact had been established at the lake.
“The lake has a history of being a meeting place for local families to recreate on the water body for over 35 years,” he said.
“There is no evidence of environmental damage as a result of ongoing use of the lake.”
The motion passed eight votes to four, with councillors Paul Terry, Ray Hammond, Bill Hollingworth and Anthony Moir voting against.
Cr Hammond questioned the data used in the report. “We don’t have the fundamental information to make decisions,” he said.
“I’m advocating that you err on the side of caution.
“Our priority is the preservation of our pristine environment.”
The motion also included several conditions, including a review in 12 months to determine whether a permit system should be implemented at the lake.
Other conditions related to consulting with the Noongar community and the creation of an environmental monitoring program.
Earlier in public question time, Noongar elder Carol Peterson said she wanted more consultation.
“That lake for us is a spiritual being,” she said. “I’m not against use of the lake. I’m against motorised vehicles on there.”
Resident John Hassel said allowing waterskiing on the lake was not environmentally responsible.
Waterskiing is popular on Lake Mullocullup.