Vot­ing high­lights ma­rina con­cerns

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Craig Buchanan, Rock­ing­ham

As one of the un­suc­cess­ful can­di­dates, I hope you will al­low me to take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late all those who were elected in last week’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion here in Rock­ing­ham, par­tic­u­larly those who stood suc­cess­fully in Safety Bay — re­turn­ing coun­cil­lor Leigh Li­ley and newly elected coun­cil­lor Kather­ine Sum­mers.

I would also like to take a mo­ment to ac­knowl­edge the out­stand­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion pro­vided by re­tir­ing coun­cil­lor Ron Pease, who can be jus­ti­fi­ably proud of the ef­fort he has put in on be­half of the res­i­dents of Safety Bay in re­cent years — I have no doubt the coun­cil will miss his in­put in the months ahead.

If this elec­tion has done noth­ing else, it must surely have put to bed once and for all the lie that those who op­pose the de­vel­op­ment of a Point Peron ma­rina are sim­ply a small, overly vo­cal group of mal­con­tents.

By my own es­ti­mate, some­where in ex­cess of 21,000 votes were cast for can­di­dates who openly op­posed the de­vel­op­ment, and pub­licly com­mit­ted them­selves to op­pose it if elected to the coun­cil.

That level of com­mu­nity con­cern sim­ply can­not be ig­nored, brushed un­der the car­pet, or be­lit­tled.

In­stead, I trust that all those elected on Satur­day, most es­pe­cially those who spoke out against the ma­rina de­vel­op­ment dur­ing their cam­paigns, will take the con­sid­er­able level of pub­lic dis­quiet into ac­count, and will vote ac­cord­ingly when the is­sue next comes be­fore the coun­cil in a month’s time.

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