De­vel­op­ment will save our city

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Den­nis John­son, Rock­ing­ham

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.

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