Point Peron could fill a tourism void

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion -

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.

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