Calls mount to aban­don ma­rina

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

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.

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