TELL US PLEASE, MR ROSS

Melville Times - - Opinion -

IT oc­curs to me that those of us who are try­ing des­per­ately to pro­tect the Al­fred Cove ‘A’ Class Na­ture Re­serve and as­so­ci­ated marine park from an ar­ti­fi­cial wave park are run­ning our­selves into the ground in an ef­fort to jus­tify our po­si­tion and to coun­ter­act the equally des­per­ate (but seem­ingly suc­cess­ful) moves by the pro­po­nent to cir­cum­vent the re­quire­ment to have the pro­posal as­sessed by the en­vi­ron­men­tal au­thor­i­ties.

Surely it should be the pro­po­nent of the wave park who has to jus­tify why his fa­cil­ity should be on this site and no other.

Don’t tell us that the fa­cil­ity will pro­mote the health and well­be­ing of those who use it – this will be the case wher­ever the wave park is sit­u­ated.

Tell us why it should be sited on Bush For­ever Site 331, a site that is cry­ing out to be added into the ‘A’ Class Na­ture Re­serve now that the op­por­tu­nity has arisen.

Don’t tell us that the fa­cil­ity will bring wel­come in­come to the City of Melville – this will be the case wher­ever the wave park is sit­u­ated.

Tell us why it should be sited within 3 me­tres of an ‘A’ Class Na­ture Re­serve at parts of this site.

Don’t tell us that the fa­cil­ity will cre­ate jobs for lo­cals – this will be the case wher­ever the wave park is sit­u­ated.

Tell us why it should be par­tially sited on Crown Land that has been des­ig­nated to be added into the Con­ser­va­tion Es­tate since 1999 as a Pro­posed Na­ture Re­serve and which serves as a buf­fer to the marine park, a buf­fer that should be up to 50 me­tres wide as best prac­tice for pro­tec­tion of wet­lands.

Don’t tell us that the fa­cil­ity will be good for tourism – this will be the case wher­ever the wave park is sit­u­ated.

Tell us why the lo­cal and mi­gra­tory birds that al­ready bring tourists from Aus­tralia and over­seas to the re­serve should be, at best, put un­der stress and, at worst, threat­ened by this com­mer­cial con­cern.

Don’t tell us the fa­cil­ity will be ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple of all ages and lev­els of abil­ity – this will be the case wher­ever the wave park is sit­u­ated.

Tell us why it should be on this rare pub­lic open space with ac­cess to the peace­ful river fore­shore, which has sig­nif­i­cant cul­tural and eco­log­i­cal im­por­tance.

Please Mr Ross, come clean and tell us – why, if you can’t get this site, you are not in­ter­ested in any other site in Perth, let alone City of Melville?

ROBIN NAPIER, At­tadale

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