Without na­ture, tourists won’t visit our re­gion

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Opinion - Peter Green, Cooloongup

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.

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