Cast out of de­ci­sion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

WA’S recre­ational fish­ing lobby Rec­fish­west says it has been caught out by the State Gov­ern­ment ap­proval of a new Mos­man’s Restau­rant at a pop­u­lar fish­ing spot in Mos­man Park.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son re­cently ap­proved Dome Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Nigel Oak­ley’s pro­posal to de­mol­ish the restau­rant and re­place it with a two-storey restau­rant-cafe, func­tion cen­tre and 36 short-stay apart­ments.

“Rec­fish­west is not fa­mil­iar with this pro­posal, we were not con­sulted by ei­ther the pro­po­nent or the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions, and we can’t see how the needs of the recre­ational fish­ing com­mu­nity have been as­sessed,” Rec­fish­west ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor An­drew Row­land said.

Dr Row­land said the im­me­di­ate fore­shore and neigh­bour­ing pub­lic jetty was pop­u­lar for crab­bing, fish­ing and div­ing for prawns, and be­cause of depth was one of few ac­ces­si­ble spots to fish for mul­loway.

He said while the ap­proval’s 28 con­di­tions ap­peared to con­sider en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, none re­lated to pro­tect­ing fish­ing or pub­lic ac­cess.

The depart­ment’s re­port said “ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion” had oc­curred, but Dr Row­land said it did not men­tion pro­tect­ing fish­ing and a new jetty in the re­de­vel­op­ment should be open “24/7” for fish­ers of all abil­i­ties.

A Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions spokesman said “many op­por­tu­ni­ties” to com­ment in­cluded news­pa­per ad­ver­tis­ing be­fore Septem­ber 2017, Mos­man Park coun­cil con­sul­ta­tion and ad­ver­tise­ment of the depart­ment’s draft re­port.

The spokesman said Mr Oak­ley was re­quired to or­der a dive sur­vey of the ex­ist­ing piles and jetty to de­ter­mine if species will be im­pacted.

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