Voting highlights marina concerns
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.