Many hands help make their point
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,
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Gemma Ward, Suzi and Matt Gresham, Dawn Jecks, Jhie Muir with Hudson Andrzejeski and Dan White.