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.
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Now the MBM proposal has been withdrawn, it is time for our politicians to show some leadership by reflecting the community’s strong support for the longstanding plan for Point Peron to become a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.
Hands Off Point Peron founder Dawn Jecks.