Power boat ban re­jected

Albany Extra - - Extra | News - Tayler Neale

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.

Pic­ture: Christo­pher Metcalfe

Waterskiing is pop­u­lar on Lake Mul­locullup.

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