Point Peron could fill a tourism void
In the second in our series of opinion pieces on the future use of Cape Peron, Joy Stewart shares some memories of living in the area and why she wants to see it preserved as a Class-A Reserve.
In 1872 Governor Frederick Weld and surveyor-general Malcolm Fraser formally gazetted 175ha of the Kings Park reserve as a public park — an A-class Reserve.
John Forrest became Premier of Western Australia in 1890 and development of the park began two years later.
The entire Cape Peron/Mangles Bay area needs to be recognised as the same kind of park; an ecologically significant tract of bushland, offering a diverse range of nature-based and sporting recreation opportunities.
Facilities that the people of Rockingham need at Cape Peron in my opinion are: environmental, educational awareness opportunities, picnic areas, interpretative nature trails, an indigenous interpretative site, walk and cycle paths, picnic shelter huts, ablution blocks, drinking fountains, seats, barbecues, playground and exercise equipment, as well as information signs.
Once it is officially designated as an A-Class reserve, it will then be recognised for its outstanding conservation values, natural landscape and nature-based recreational opportunities.
My family and I lived in the camp opposite the Causeway for six years, and my parents three years before that.
This land previously consisted of a caretaker’s cottage, 12 huts and a large recreation hut.
I took my granddaughters to show them where their fathers grew up a few weeks ago and discovered that the entire site is vacant.
That site would be an ideal site for a short-stay caravan park, as both of our present parks in Rockingham are mostly full of permanent residents and there is nowhere touring caravanners can stay.