Stand on dune deal
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.