Res­i­dents have say

Pinjarra Murray Times - - OPINION -

BOUVARD and Her­ron res­i­dents had plenty of is­sues and sug­ges­tions when Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup hosted a pub­lic meet­ing at the Bouvard Tav­ern on Mon­day night.

Their con­cerns ranged from un­der­sized crabs and lot sizes to pub­lic trans­port and con­tro­ver­sial con­tam­i­na­tion is­sues at Tims Thicket.

Bouvard Coast Care chair­man Mel Hor­ton sought a bet­ter so­lu­tion to the Tims Thicket pro­posal.

Man­durah Mayor Ma­rina Ver­gone said the coun­cil had not had a chance to meet the group and was still await­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals.

One res­i­dent wanted to know where an ex­tra 50,000 peo­ple in the area by 2036 would be housed and another was con­cerned at the whole­sale bull­doz­ing of bush on pri­vate prop­er­ties.

Mr Kirkup said own­ers were en­ti­tled to de­velop their blocks but he would raise it with the Plan­ning Min­is­ter.

He also sup­ported the need for a bus from Man­durah to Lake Clifton on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Other is­sues in­cluded the tak­ing of un­der­sized crabs and a sug­gested ban on crab­bing at night, the need for more Fish­eries of­fi­cers, and street lights on Old Coast Road.

Mr Kirkup also agreed to take up a claim that Yal­go­rup Re­serve had not been back­burned for 14 years.

He said a fuel load older than seven years was a fire wait­ing to hap­pen.

He would pre­fer more po­lice of­fi­cers on the beat than a new po­lice sta­tion at Dawesville and al­though a site had been bought for a Dawesville Se­nior High School, it was not sched­uled for another 1`0 years.

Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup.

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