Stand on dune deal

Kwinana Courier - - News -

IN one last stand to save the Golden Bay dunes, res­i­dents took their cause to the steps of State Par­lia­ment this week to hand a pe­ti­tion to Warn­bro MLA Paul Pa­palia.

Af­ter the com­mu­nity pitched in do­na­tions, in­clud­ing money from the Golden Bay Progress As­so­ci­a­tion and Aqua Sun Es­tate Agents, a hired bus took more than 30 res­i­dents to Par­lia­ment on Tues­day.

Protest or­gan­iser Anne Marie Jack­son said sup­port had come from other groups across Perth that faced sim­i­lar is­sues.

“We have been get­ting so much sup­port from other com­mu­ni­ties, en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­perts and aca­demics. We want 30ha of the Golden Bay dunes pre­served for the quen­das, for plants and en­vi­ron­ment; and for our chil­dren,” she said.

“We have had enough of all the ur­ban dec­i­ma­tion that is go­ing on; there are ur­ban waste­lands be­ing de­vel­oped all across Perth.

Aqua Sun Es­tate Agent’s An­nette Roth said prop­erty val­ues were fall­ing and crime ris­ing as the sub­urb changed.

“There is nowhere to park and no shade,” she said.

“We all love our area – old Golden Bay – and are just so pas­sion­ate about it.”

Mr Pa­palia lis­tened to the group, with sev­eral letters from chil­dren read.

South West Greens MP Dianne Evers said it was good to see the res­i­dents take a stand.

In a state­ment, Peet man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Bren­dan Gore said the Golden Bay project team had reg­u­larly con­sulted and en­gaged with the com­mu­nity.

"Par­tic­u­larly the past 12 months in re­la­tion to Stage 5 to en­sure there is a clear un­der­stand­ing of the work be­ing un­der­taken, the vi­sion for the site, the open space be­ing pro­tected which in­cludes the high­est dune at 37m - and the mea­sures in place to pro­tect lo­cal fauna," he said.

Golden Bay res­i­dents protest­ing at the steps of Par­lia­ment House.

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