Ma­rina de­ci­sion rests with min­is­ter

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Gareth McKnight

The fate of the Man­gles Bay Ma­rina pro­posal lies in the hands of Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti, who will make a de­ci­sion whether to re­zone the re­quired land in a “timely man­ner”.

The di­vi­sive pro­ject, driven by pro­po­nents LandCorp and Cedar Woods, pro­poses a ma­rina with res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties in Rock­ing­ham.

The WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion has been con­sid­er­ing the re­zon­ing of the land on Point Peron Road to ur­ban, which if ap­proved would move the pro­ject one step closer to be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

The com­mis­sion con­firmed it had made its rec­om­men­da­tion on the po­ten­tial Metropoli­tan Re­gion Scheme Amend­ment and pre­sented it to Ms Saf­fi­oti but would not con­firm what the rec­om­men­da­tion was.

This fol­lows a num­ber of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­ri­ods with rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers in 2016 and ear­lier this year.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said she would give the rec­om­men­da­tion care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion.

“Con­sid­er­a­tion of the Metropoli­tan Re­gion Scheme Amend­ment 1280/41 in re­la­tion to Man­gles Bay is in progress and the pend­ing de­ci­sion will shape the State Govern­ment’s next steps in the plan­ning process for the area,” she said.

“I will review all of the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to me, which is con­sid­er­able and com­plex, and will en­deav­our to make that de­ci­sion in a timely man­ner.”

LandCorp gen­eral man­ager of metropoli­tan and in­dus­trial John Hack­ett said his or­gan­i­sa­tion had not been con­tacted for­mally by the WAPC in re­gards to an out­come.

Cedar Woods has re­leased its 2017 an­nual re­port and ad­dressed the pro­posal, stat­ing there had been plan­ning de­lays but the doc­u­ment’s au­thor seemed con­fi­dent of the pro­ject go­ing ahead.

The WAPC and Ms Saf­fi­oti’s of­fice would not com­ment on whether the cur­rent re­zon­ing rec­om­men­da­tion was based on the ini­tial pro­posal or one with the canals re­moved.

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