Coun­cil must cater for short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - James Mumme, Shoal­wa­ter

I agree with Justin Smith that our city needs short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion (Let­ters 18/04).

The State Gov­ern­ment iden­ti­fies Rock­ing­ham as the No. 1 metropoli­tan tourist at­trac­tor. Yet I hear of RV own­ers and tourists by­pass­ing Rock­ing­ham be­cause there are no suit­able fa­cil­i­ties.

Two car­a­van parks have been de­mol­ished re­cently and not re­placed and the other car­a­van parks now house largely per­ma­nent res­i­dents. Why hasn’t our coun­cil been proac­tive on this? What Mr Smith calls “the large ex­panse of scrub” is a ac­tu­ally a Bush For­ever site and part of Rock­ing­ham Lakes Re­gional Park. It’s not for bull­doz­ing as the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ruled. But un­til last year the cleared lots were in use for a car­a­van park and short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion. Why is it so dif­fi­cult to see the op­por­tu­nity?

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