Give us ‘Kings Park of the South’

Hands Off Point Peron founder Dawn Jecks ex­plains why she feels it is vi­tal to cre­ate Rock­ing­ham’s own “Kings Park” in the lat­est of our open opin­ion pieces on the po­ten­tial fu­ture of Cape Peron.

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion -

The Point (Cape) Peron re­serve is cur­rently vested in the Con­ser­va­tion and Parks Com­mis­sion as a non-class A re­serve for the pur­pose of recre­ation, but this was al­ways meant to be an in­terim step un­til the sta­tus of the Man­gles Bay Ma­rina was re­solved.

Now the MBM pro­posal has been with­drawn, it is time for our politi­cians to show some lead­er­ship by re­flect­ing the com­mu­nity’s strong sup­port for the long­stand­ing plan for Point Peron to be­come a high-qual­ity coastal park kept as pub­lic land in per­pe­tu­ity.

Na­ture-based tourism has been iden­ti­fied as one of the big­gest ar­eas of po­ten­tial ex­port growth for Aus­tralia and WA, with tourism be­com­ing one of our ma­jor in­come earn­ers — $101.6 bil­lion in 2013-2014. Re­searchers say eco­tourism in pro­tected ar­eas de­liv­ers a 60:1 an­nual re­turn on costs.

We have a golden op­por­tu­nity for Rock­ing­ham to har­ness this po­ten­tial with all the fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits that it would bring to our re­gion.

If de­signed and mar­keted well, the Cape Peron Coastal Park could at­tract about a mil­lion vis­i­tors an­nu­ally to Rock­ing­ham.

A world-class con­ser­va­tion and recre­ation park, in har­mony with na­ture and our her­itage, in­cor­po­rat­ing an en­ter­tain­ment precinct for out­door con­certs, movies and cul­tural events, would be a boon for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike.

It is time for our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives to ex­er­cise eco­nomic com­pe­tence and com­mon sense by get­ting be­hind the tourism and jobs-rich Cape Peron Coastal Park con­cept plan by gazetting the Point (Cape) Peron Re­serve as an A Class Re­serve so we can get on and cre­ate Rock­ing­ham’s very own “Kings Park of the South”.

This needs to hap­pen as a mat­ter of ur­gency be­cause the threat of an­other Man­gles Bay canal ma­rina-type de­vel­op­ment is only a change of Gov­ern­ment away.

Pic­ture: Gareth McKnight

Hands Off Point Peron founder Dawn Jecks.

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