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The proposed Mangles Bay Marina (canal estate)
Campaign update April/May 2015
There is a clear conflict of interest with the environmental approvals processes for the Mangles Bay Marina (MBM) Canal Estate due to the WA State Government’s land development arm LandCorp being a joint proponent for this project. This conflict of interest has resulted in the MBM Canal Estate proposal not being properly examined and assessed by our Environmental Protection Authorities (EPA)
We know this from the sheer volume of expert scientific reports and warnings from independent researchers that clearly show that this project, should it proceed, will be an environmental, financial and engineering disaster. These scientific reports and warnings were given to the EPA but have been ignored.
See warnings here http://www.handsoffpointperon.com/impacts-issues
Independent evidence shows that the proposed MBM Canal Estate would be a disaster that would dwarf the Port Geographe Bay canal disaster which was EPA and WA State Planning Department approved. Experts did warn about Port Geographe Bay at the time but were ignored. WA Taxpayers are now picking up the tab to fix that canal estate mess.
With warnings about MBM Canal Estate proposal not being properly assessed by our Environmental Protection Authorities we are now at risk of our WA Planning Commission ignoring warnings from independent planning experts as well. We must ensure that this time the warnings are heeded.
1. Canal flushing and water quality issues and associated risks and costs for the ratepayers. West Australian Planning Commission May 2012 report says that the canal flushing should be within 3 days (section 7.11 page 16) and according to Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, Winthrop Professor of Coastal Oceanography, this cannot be achieved in south-west Australia because of the small tides. The Mangles Bay is estimated to be 12 days and Port Geographe Bay > 20 days.
2. The Little Penguin is listed as protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) however it was not included in the canal estate Environmental assessments. In the 4 years to 2011 penguin numbers decreased by 40%, most deaths were caused by water craft and starvation. The proposed marina and canal estate development is located directly in the foraging area of the penguins.
3. The City of Rockingham still has to prepare a new structure plan to allow Canal Estates and Artificial Waterways which will need to be advertised publicly and go through a community consultation process. Councillors will have to vote to accept it.
The new structure plan then has to be approved by the WA Planning Commission (WAPC). The WAPC could reject the structure plan on the grounds it does not comply with key state planning policies, for example: Bush Forever, Coastal Planning Policies and Climate Change Adaptation etc.
The local Government structure plan will show that this project is really a housing development being spruiked as a tourist precinct/marina by proponents to win over the public.
4. There are no guarantees that any of the commercial attractions such as cafes and hotels will be built, investors still have to be found. Contractually the developers are only required to carve up the land and sell the residential blocks – nothing more. There have been a many developments in Perth that have not ended up with their promised cafes and shops, including 2 we know of by Cedar Woods; Mariners Cove in Mandurah and The Rivergums in Baldivis.
Angry Mariners Cove residents say developer misled them
Residents unhappy with shop backflip
5. In the meantime please lobby decision makers to support a ‘Coastal Park NOT Canals’ on our public land at Point Peron and get behind the already approved Marina site at Wanliss St as the best option for ratepayers, taxpayers and local businesses.
Rockingham City Councillors – You can find their email addresses here
Premier Barnett – email@example.com
Planning Minister John Day – Minister.Day@dpc.wa.gov.au
Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal member for Brand Gary Gray – Gary.Gray.MP@aph.gov.au
Local South Metro MP – email@example.com
“The community fight back is only just beginning. We have the science and the truth on our side. If the Government won’t protect the public interest then the community will step up do it. People Power will stop this”
WE WANT TO STOP the proposed Marina and Inland Canal Development at Mangles Bay - in Point Peron, Rockingham, Western Australia.
1. Point Peron was given to the people of Western Australia in 1964 by the Commonwealth Government strictly for the purpose of RECREATION . It was intended to be the ‘Kings Park of the South’ for all to enjoy. Stipulations included NO private, commercial or industrial development. Tearing up this agreement, signed by the then WA Premier Sir David Brand and Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies would be an an unconscionable BREACH OF FAITH;
2. The State Government has just had to fork out over $28M to bail out the canal/marina development disaster at Port Geographe;
3. This would have a devastating impact on the Mangles Bay seagrass meadows, a marine nursery for snapper, crabs and whiting and important habitat for penguins, dolphins and many seabirds. It would also destroy 40 hectares of ‘Bush Forever’;
4. Canal developments have been banned in NSW and Victoria because of their adverse economic and environmental impacts;
5. A 500 boat pen Hillarys style marina has been fully approved off the main cafe strip in Rockingham, which is a far more environmentally and economically sensible location for a marina;
6. Local cafes, restaurants and businesses around the Rockingham foreshore are struggling as it is and building a commercial marina 1 kilometre down the road (another hub) with more shops, hotels and restaurants would draw business away from the underutilised existing foreshore area and hurt local business owners. Other marinas around Perth are also struggling, including Hillarys, Fishermans Wharf and Dolphin Quay in Mandurah;
7. This development is HIGH RISK - There are NO investors at this stage to build the public/commercial enclave for the marina (which is the part that the developers are using to entice the public)? It appears Cedar Woods are only required to develop and carve up the residential lots and sell them off? Who is going to build the commercial marina with its cafes, restaurants and hotels in this economic environment with so many other marinas being underutilized? Would tax payers end up having to finish off the job? For how long will the developers be responsible for any costly environmental issues that need fixing?
8. Studies show that tourists are not interested in modern man-made canal developments. Tourists tell researchers they want to see nature and natural environments. See article with comments by former Tourism Minister;
9. Point Peron has been deliberately neglected and is in need of a face lift, but it would be far more valuable to the local economy and WA as a tourist and day tripper destination, if it is protected and maintained as an eco-tourism park. Kings Park is Perth’s number one tourist destination, because people like to see local natural environments.
10. Scientists and engineering professionals are very concerned that the hydrology of the area would be badly affected and cause salination issues with ground water and affect nearby Lake Richmond and threaten the rare Thrombolites (living fossils);
11. Point Peron’s Mangles Bay is very shallow, so to allow access for boating traffic in and out of a marina, a deep channel would need to be dredged right through the seagrass meadows (a marine nursery), which would be an absolute travesty in itself, but it would also stir up mercury and other heavy metals that have settled over the decades from Cockburn Sound heavy industry. Seabird feathers in the area already show high levels of mercury. A worst case scenario would be a ban on eating fish caught in the area or even perhaps a ban on swimming?
URGENT ACTION is NOW required to save Point Peron...!
For more information on the proposed development, please follow this link
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