Call for Point Peron unity

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

For­mer Rock­ing­ham MP Phil Ed­man has called on the com­mu­nity to band to­gether and use the pend­ing clo­sure of the Point Peron Camp School to es­tab­lish a multi-use fa­cil­ity at the site.

The State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced ed­u­ca­tion cuts late last year that will see the camp school in Rock­ing­ham close, with Pre­mier Mark McGowan telling the Tele­graph at the time he was open to a pri­vate en­ter­prise or not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­at­ing at the site.

Since then, the Man­gles Bay Ma­rina pro­posal has also been axed by Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti, leav­ing the area with an un­cer­tain fu­ture.

Mr Ed­man, who served as a Lib­eral Up­per House MP for the South Metropoli­tan re­gion from 2009-2017, said the camp school site should be used to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

He said the site should be turned into an in­clu­sive pub­lic fa­cil­ity that could be used by ed­u­ca­tion groups, gov­ern­ment ser­vices, en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cates and tourism providers.

“It is time for ev­ery­one to come to­gether, ”he said.

“If we don’t do some­thing with this site, who knows what’s go­ing to hap­pen with it?

“The in­fra­struc­ture here is great.

“It is a part of Rock­ing­ham and I’d hate to see them rip it down.

“With the views that over­look Man­gles Bay and Garden Is­land, it would be a beau­ti­ful place for a restau­rant and short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion. It would be ex­cel­lent for tourism.

“We could have gov­ern­ment agen­cies like a ranger based down here or the (De­part­ment of Pri­vate In­dus­tries and Re­gional Devel­op­ment). It makes sense — this could be a mul­tiuse fa­cil­ity for ev­ery­body.

“Surely there must be a plan that ev­ery­one can agree on.”

Mr Ed­man is heav­ily in­volved in the Point Peron Restora­tion Project and said the es­tab­lish­ment of a mu­seum at the site would high­light the re­gion’s mil­i­tary his­tory and at­tract tourists.

He said the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture should be used rather than the site be­ing de­vel­oped. “Ob­vi­ously money is tight and the Gov­ern­ment are look­ing at of­fload­ing the camp school, but there is also an op­por­tu­nity there for Rock­ing­ham to ben­e­fit,” he said.

“It is im­per­a­tive not to de­velop the camp school site but to re­align ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture to bet­ter use — that will max­imise sim­i­lar out­comes.”

Pic­ture: Gareth McKnight

For­mer Rock­ing­ham MP Phil Ed­man.

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