Lux­ury re­sort on the table

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Toby Hussey

Al­bany coun­cil set to vote on 51-unit lux­ury re­sort plan for Goode Beach.

A mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar, 51-unit hol­i­day apart­ment com­plex 20km from the Al­bany CBD could at last re­ceive the green light this month, af­ter a City direc­tor rec­om­mended Coun­cil sup­port the pro­ject.

If ap­proved the Van­cou­ver Beach Re­sort, be­tween Goode Beach and Lake Van­cou­ver, could in­clude up to 10 two-storey build­ings con­tain­ing up to 51 units on a 7.71ha site. The re­sort would be large enough for 120 peo­ple and in­clude a café, func­tion cen­tre, pool, man­ager’s res­i­dence, car park and waste treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

First pro­posed in 1987, the pro­ject has been mired with public con­cerns. Of 315 re­cent public sub­mis­sions to the City, the vast ma­jor­ity ques­tioned or out­right op­posed the pro­posal.

While those in favour wel­comed news the re­sort would em­ploy up to 30 staff and would open up Goode Beach to more visi­tors, many cited con­cerns about dune ero­sion, for plants and an­i­mals, that the de­vel­op­ment would be too big, that traf­fic would sub­stan­tially in­crease and views from ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties would be im­pacted.

A re­port by Ahola Plan­ning said the area to be cleared does not con­tain black cock­a­too habi­tats, but a threat­ened Western Ring­tail Pos­sum less than 200m from the de­vel­op­ment was found dur­ing a search. De­spite con­cerns City of Al­bany Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices Paul Camins was sat­is­fied with the lat­est pro­posal in his re­port to the coun­cil.

The pro­posal is set to be de­bated by Coun­cil on July 24. If ap­proved the plan will next go to the Western Aus­tralian Plan­ning Com­mis­sion for ap­proval.

The pro­posed re­sort is sim­i­lar to this de­sign in Bunker Bay.

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