Madora Bay res­i­dents protest de­vel­op­ment

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE -

SIN­GLE­TON res­i­dents are up in arms over the im­pact on their life­styles from 2.5m high earth­works be­hind their homes on the ad­ja­cent Madora Bay North res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

The res­i­dents claim the level of the site near their homes should be 1.5 me­tres, as stated in the out­line de­vel­op­ment plan.

They gath­ered at a home in Man­ders Way to protest with plac­ards that in­cluded Save our Dunes, Shame WA, No to the Berlin Sin­gle­ton Wall and Do you want this at your house.

The con­tro­ver­sial de­vel­op­ment has been in the pipe­line for years and was ap­proved by the WAPC about four years ago.

But the plan dif­fered from that which the City of Mandurah had de­ter­mined months ear­lier.

It in­cluded a buf­fer zone be­tween Sin­gle­ton and the de­vel­op­ment but mod­i­fi­ca­tions had stripped away the buf­fer zone and there were sev­eral pub­lic meet­ings over the is­sue.

The out­line de­vel­op­ment plan says earth­works abut­ting ex­ist­ing lots have been kept “as low as fea­si­ble to match in with ex­ist­ing ground lev­els on ad­join­ing sites, with the ma­jor­ity be­tween 1m and 1.5m along the north­ern bound­ary.”

But the earth­works are now 2.5 me­tres high, ac­cord­ing to Sin­gle­ton Progress As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Graeme Dean.

He said con­trac­tors had shifted a sand hill “and just dumped it here”.

A 1.5m site height would be agree­able but not 2.5 me­tres which, be­hind their homes, would be topped by a wall and af­fect their pri­vacy, he said.

Res­i­dent Lester Martin said sand blow­ing from the de­vel­op­ment re­cently had made driv­ing dif­fi­cult on Mandurah Road and the fumes from ma­chin­ery were un­bear­able.

He sug­gested the height of the earth­work could start at 1.5m be­hind their homes and grad­u­ally in­crease to 2.5m where it would af­fect res­i­dents less.

Spokesman for the devel­oper, Frank Lawrence of H and N Perry, said the fi­nal site lev­els had not been set.

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485833 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Man­ders Way res­i­dent Luke Hast­ings (front) with other lo­cal res­i­dents.

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