Lo­cals seek beach vows

Stirling Times - - News -

COMMUNITY en­vi­ron­men­tal group Beach Not Bi­tu­men wants coastal ward can­di­dates to com­mit to the pro­tec­tion of coastal dunes near the Scar­bor­ough Beach Re­de­vel­op­ment ahead of the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion.

Spokes­woman Robyn Mur­phy said they had writ­ten to all coastal ward can­di­dates about their push to per­ma­nently pro­tect the dunes north and south of the re­de­vel­op­ment.

“As the rem­nant Quin­dalup sand dune sys­tems at Scar­bor­ough and Trigg are reg­u­larly un­der threat from roads, car parks and other types of de­vel­op­ment, it is crit­i­cally im­por­tant that the coastal ward has strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion to fight for the preser­va­tion of our unique coastal en­vi­ron­ment,” she said

“We have sought a com­mit­ment from the can­di­dates that they would pur­sue per­ma­nent pro­tec­tion of the coastal dune sys­tem; the clo­sure of the re­dun­dant Main Roads road re­serve in the South Trigg Beach Re­serve; and work with the community to in­tro­duce sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive trans­port op­tions for ac­cess to Scar­bor­ough Beach.”

Ms Mur­phy said the last thing sup­port­ers wanted was a “Gold Coast”.

“We have the op­por­tu­nity to have the best of both worlds at Scar­bor­ough and we look to our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives to en­sure that this is the out­come of the cur­rent re­de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

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