Madora Bay residents protest development
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.
Manders Way resident Luke Hastings (front) with other local residents.