Many hands help make their point

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HIS­TORY is made by the peo­ple who show up.

The line from Hands Off Point Peron’s Dawn Jeck’s speech struck a chord with the 80-plus crowd gath­ered on Sun­day to cel­e­brate the with­drawal of the Man­gles Bay Ma­rina/Canal pro­posal.

Be­gin­ning with a wel­come to coun­try, her speech touched on the 14-year his­tory of the pro­posal.

“At long last, fi­nally some due dili­gence and com­pe­tence has pre­vailed,” she said.

“But it hasn’t come easy. It is a his­toric prece­dent for the West­ern Aus­tralian Plan­ning Com­mis­sion to make a de­ci­sion like this, rec­om­mend­ing against a gov­ern­ment-ini­ti­ated and sup­ported project.”

She said Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti re­ceived many pub­lic sub­mis­sions.

“I would like to ac­knowl­edge the peo­ple who sent in sub­mis­sions – your sub­mis­sions were im­por­tant,” she said.

“I would also like to ac­knowl­edge the ex­perts who con­trib­uted to HOPP’s sub­mis­sion, which was 600 pages across three vol­umes.

“Es­pe­cially Am­brose Cum­mins for work­ing through the night pulling HOPP’s sub­mis­sion to­gether be­fore phys­i­cally hand-de­liv­er­ing it to WAPC on the due date – just to make sure that they got it.

“And he got a re­ceipt too, I be­lieve.

“I can’t over­state just how im­por­tant it was to get all the ev­i­dence against the pro­posal onto the pub­lic record.

“It’s im­por­tant be­cause without the pub­lic con­tribut­ing to the as­sess­ment process by putting in their own sub­mis­sions, the WAPC would be re­ly­ing solely on the in­for­ma­tion that the pro­po­nents/ de­vel­op­ers gave them.

“We know both the state and fed­eral govern­ments granted en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals without con­sid­er­a­tion of our lit­tle pen­guins who feed in Man­gles Bay.” For more pho­tos,

see page 24

Gemma Ward, Suzi and Matt Gre­sham, Dawn Jecks, Jhie Muir with Hudson An­drze­jeski and Dan White.

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