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Hands Off Point Peron

Contrary to the name the Mangles Bay marina proposal is not in the sea and it is not in Mangles Bay. It is inland in the middle of the Point Peron Regional Park/Bushforever site.

Despite the so called Mangles Bay proposal getting WA Environmental approval it is far from being a done deal. The proposal is now being considered by the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and it is he who will decide whether or not he will allow the destruction of Point Peron, a public regional park by developers who want to dig it out, dredge it and turn it into an exclusive canal housing estate with an inland marina tacked on as proposed by Cranford Pty Ltd and LandCorp http://manglesbaymarina.com.au

IF YOU WANT TO HELP PROTECT POINT PERON, NOW is the time to contact Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt. His email address is Greg.Hunt.MP@environment.gov.au

Find suggestions on what to say in your letter here

IF YOU ARE OUTRAGED BY THE PROPOSED THEFT OF OUR PUBLIC LAND, NOW is the time to contact Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann. His email address is financeminister@finance.gov.au

Find suggestions on what to say in your letter here

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WE WANT TO STOP the proposed Marina and Inland Canal Development at Mangles Bay - in Point Peron, Rockingham, Western Australia.

Why?



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...!

 

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For more information on the proposed development, please follow this link  

http://www.manglesbaymarina.com.au/public-environmental-review  

 

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HOW YOU CAN HELP?  HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

 

 

 

DONATIONS NEEDED 

We are a local ‘not for profit’ and ordinary Mums and Dads type organisation. Funds are desperately needed to help with printing and advertising costs and potential legal costs as the campaign heats up. Please considering donating what you can afford - Even just a small amount would be put to very efficient use. Thanks in anticipation. 

To donate, please note your name as a reference and payment can be made in to the following bank account

 

Account Name: Hands Off Point Peron Inc

 

BSB 633-000

ACC: 14274 4192  

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How you can help:

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Phone or email dawnjecks@gmail.com 0424 598 656 or James Mumme at jgmumme@live.com.au 9527 5339 

 

 

               

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