Development will save our city
My wife and I moved from Kalamunda to Rockingham in 1972.
We chose to move here because it was safe for our children, who were then nine and two, to learn how to swim.
In the 1970s there were no traffic lights, Rockingham Shopping Centre had not been built and my wife and I were quite happy.
Now I’m in my 70s, I think back to those days and realise a lot has changed. We have traffic lights and a big shopping centre, but we also still have the bogan tag.
Between 1972 and 1975, we lived on Boundary Road in Shoalwater.
The street is next to a large piece of land which looks exactly the same now as it did then — ugly and unkempt.
There is more rubber on Memorial Drive than in any of the tyre shops on Dixon Road.
If the marina fails to go ahead, house prices will drop massively, and more people will lose their jobs because investors will not be interested in coming to Rockingham because it will have nothing to offer.
Just paving and cleaning up the seafront will not bring in the tourists.
We must have and need this marina for the sake of Rockingham.