Calls mount to abandon marina
Tensions over the contentious Mangles Bay Marina proposal are reaching a crescendo, with a Greens MLC telling the WA Planning Commission that it was “glaringly obvious” the project should be abandoned.
Developers Cedar Woods and LandCorp are proposing the construction of a marina and residen- tial housing facility at Mangles Bay, which the proponents claim would breathe life into Rockingham’s tourism industry.
However, the ongoing project has been met with substantial opposition, as lobbyists allege that the public has not been fully briefed on the potential environmental impacts of the marina.
In the past couple of weeks the WAPC has heard from a range of people objecting to the proposal, including the Hands Off Point Peron group, who submitted a 600word submission to the hearings committee. Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren was another to present a case to the committee.
Ms MacLaren said the Mangles Bay proposal was an extraordinary blot on the Environmental Protection Authority’s record and said the project would directly breach three State Planning Policies.
“Given the existence of a more appropriate marina site at Wanliss Street, the striking absence of any economic evidence in favour of the development, the likely high cost, the proponent’s continuing omission to provide an economic case and other requirements under Development Control Policy 1.8, it seems extremely inappropriate that an MRS amendment is being considered at this stage,” she said.
“It’s glaringly obvious that the development should be rejected outright — it’ll become the elephant in the room for this Government.”
The last hearing is scheduled for today, with the committee to evaluate the information it has received and make a recommendation to the WAPC and the minister for planning.