Without nature, tourists won’t visit our region
In response to Mr Linke’s letter Jobs dying out in Rockingham, not urban bushland (12/7).
First of all, it was not the Greens that proposed the area of land in question become Parks and Recreation, it was the State and Federal governments back in 1964.
It was not the Greens that proposed the area in question to become Bush Forever in 2000, it was the State Government.
What the Greens are saying is that this area of land should remain Bush Forever.
Some of us may remember the drive from Perth to Rockingham some 50 years ago, so vastly different now.
It is now common knowledge that the proposed Mangles Bay Marina development has an estimated completion date of 2031, 15000 vehicles a day along Memorial Drive, 1160 residential buildings, canals that will not flush, risking algae blooms in Mangles Bay similar to the fish kill of 2015, and by their own admittance in the Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaptation Plan (sec. 8) the development is “not viable”.
This Bush Forever site 355 (Coastal Park), is the final link to the City of Rockingham’s Foreshore Development, Port Rockingham Marina, Lake Richmond and all the ecotourism attractions that Rockingham has to offer all tourists, local, interstate and international, and at a relative small cost.
Of course jobs are important.
Tourism promotes jobs 64 per cent of international tourists visit WA to see nature. As the Tourism WA manager has stated, “they don’t come to buy an ice-cream and visit Elizabeth Quay, they come to see nature”.
As what happens when the sun goes down and the wind stops, we turn on the batteries Robin, which the sun and wind charged up during the day, quite simple really.