Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

COTTES­LOE MLA Colin Bar­nett has been closely as­so­ci­ated with the coast at the south of his elec­torate while in his seat. He was in­te­gral to the of­ten-heated de­bate over use of the Leighton Mar­shalling Yards, backed park­lands and not to­tal de­vel­op­ment of that area and sup­ported the group that cre­ated the Cottes­loe Fish Habi­tat Pro­tec­tion Area.

He backed the ar­ti­fi­cial surf­ing reef near the Mc­call Cen­tre, where there is a pro­posal to re­zone nearby bush to ur­ban, spark­ing op­po­si­tion to po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment de­mol­ish­ing the ever-rarer coastal en­vi­ron­ment. This news­pa­per has al­ways ac­knowl­edged a need to re­align the nearby Curtin Av­enue and make the Vic­to­ria Street Sta­tion level cross­ing safe.

But per­haps, post-elec­tion de­feat, Mr Bar­nett may as­sist his lo­cal legacy by help­ing to find a com­mu­nity-ac­cepted so­lu­tion to the Mc­call Cen­tre’s use and re­ten­tion of some sort of bush cor­ri­dor.

To pla­gia­rise the char­ac­ter at the end of the satire Can­dide by 18th cen­tury French philoso­pher Voltaire, tend thy gar­den.

Jon Bassett - re­porter

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