Re­spect op­po­nents of ma­rina

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Ted Ansell, Rock­ing­ham

Brian Warner’s let­ter (Ma­rina plan will not af­fect the real Point Peron, 7/10) was de­plorable.

His swipe at those pro­mot­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly coastal park for Point Peron as a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive to a profit-driven res­i­den­tial/canal de­vel­op­ment is sim­plis­tic and im­ma­ture.

He ob­vi­ously hasn’t both­ered to con­sider the well-re­searched and de­tailed al­ter­na­tive plans they have pro­posed for the en­tire precinct.

His crit­i­cism that lo­cal environmentalist ratepay­ers did not be­come per­son­ally in­volved in clear­ing rub­bish from the precinct is naive.

Ratepay­ers rightly ex­pect the coun­cil to carry out such works.

When the coun­cil de­vel­ops a re­serve, does it ex­pect ratepay­ers to plant lawn and dig retic­u­la­tion trenches?

Bus­sel­ton and Man­durah canal de­vel­op­ments have proved that en­ter­pris­ing de­vel­op­ers paint a glossy pic­ture of a pro­posal, cream off big prof­its, and leave ratepay­ers to carry the long-term on­go­ing costs of main­te­nance.

The real is­sue in the ma­rina/canal de­vel­op­ment pro­posal is a weak coun­cil and mayor.

Time is due for a new coun­cil and mayor to ramp up stiff re­sis­tance to Land­Corp and Cedar Woods, and pur­sue in­stead the de­vel­op­ment of a break­sea ma­rina at Wan­liss Street.

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