LAWS A FARCE
TEN years ago, I assumed, like many people, that our environmental protection laws actually did something to protect our environment. But not anymore! The Mangles Bay canal marina was granted environmental approvals in 2014 despite ignoring the existence of Rockingham's little penguins who forage in Mangles Bay.
Penguin researcher Dr Belinda Cannell appealed the decision, but was again ignored.
And then when a project is granted environmental approval with 'conditions', no independent or evidence-based test is required to demonstrate that the environmental conditions set by the federal environment minister are complied with by the state.
If we stand by as a community and allow the Mangles Bay canal marina to go ahead unchallenged then we create a very dangerous precedent.
To do so would be to give the state government a licence to disregard every environmental policy ever written, for whatever purpose the government chooses. DAWN JECKS, Safety Bay.