Boat­ies need a ma­rina

Southern Telegraph - - News -

As a lo­cal boat-own­ing res­i­dent of Rock­ing­ham who moved here 11 years ago on the un­der­stand­ing that there was go­ing to be a ma­rina built in Man­gles Bay, I am deeply dis­ap­pointed at the cur­rent out­come.

The site of the pro­posed ma­rina has no ef­fect on Point Peron or Shoal­wa­ter, it is on the east side of the navy cause­way from Point Peron and faces only onto Cock­burn Sound, the site of a naval base and com­mer­cial wharves and jet­ties.

We have the only shel­tered wa­ters, that is no large waves or swell, on the en­tire met­ro­pol­i­tan coast yet the fa­cil­i­ties are out of the 1940s.

The lo­cal mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and the lo­cal coun­cil should be ashamed of them­selves when you look at the fa­cil­i­ties on the ex­posed north­ern coast com­pared to what we have.

A few moor­ings that get ham­mered ev­ery time a nor-west­erly blus­ter comes through, boats on the beach and a cou­ple of boat ramps.

The Swan River is full of boat pens and yacht clubs, there is room for no more yet the pop­u­la­tion has in­creased hugely since the last yacht club was built on the Swan. Imag­ine the de­mand for shel­tered boat pens in Man­gles Bay and at Wan­liss Street if both mari­nas were built.

In re­sponse to the green ac­tivists’ cam­paign against Man­gles Bay ma­rina I point out that the site has not been a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment for more than 100 years and we boat­ies have com­plete re­spect for Point Peron west of the cause­way and Shoal­wa­ter.

We just want good har­bour­ing fa­cil­i­ties that should have been built 30 years ago. Chris Smith, Rock­ing­ham

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