Boaties need a marina
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