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Preserve Point Peron is another local community/not-for-profit group, actively working to lobby politicians to stop the proposed development at Mangels Bay.
Hands Off Point Peron work closely with Preserve Point Peron as we are both hoping to achieve the same goal of stopping the proposed Marina and Canal Development at Mangels Bay.
For more information on Preserve Point Peron or the public meeting, please contact Esther 9528 7133
Big turnout tells the Government to stop the Point Peron Land Grab
Over 500 people protested the Barnett Government’s plans for the Mangles Bay canal housing and inland marina project at Point Peron on Sunday many of whom have only recently found out about the Governments plans for the area through the Hands Off Point Peron community awareness campaign.
Protestors joined the growing list of opponents including renowned marine zoologist and underwater artist Roger Swainston, local business owners and tourism operators.
Speakers included environmentalists, a hydrologist and a town planner who all expressed their concern at the proposed inland marina.
Spokesperson for the Hands Off Point Peron Group Dawn Jecks said, “We had a number of volunteers on the ground prior to the rally canvassing opinions from local business owners, tourism operators and users of the area about the proposed development.
“Feedback that we received showed that local business owners are worried that another commercial hub will draw business away from the main Rockingham beachfront business area. Tourism operators voiced concerns that the destruction of seagrass beds and fisheries will result in a loss of visitors to the area and local users of the beach are worried about reduced access to the beach.”
It was revealed at the rally that the dual use path along the length of the beachfront from Hymus Street to the causeway, that was promised in the developers advertisements last August, were no longer on the plans.
Ms Jecks said, “At the third and final Stakeholders Reference Group meeting which I attended just prior to Christmas, it was confirmed by the developer that there would not be a dual use path along the length of the beachfront. Nor would there be a bridge across the channel leading out of the marina to deeper water. Effectively, the proposed Mangles Bay marina will cut the Mangles Bay beach in half.
“Beach walkers wanting to walk the length of the beachfront from Hymus Street to the causeway would have to walk around the development. Despite promises to the contrary it is clear that this development will result in a reduction in public access from current levels.
With ratepayers being the most likely ones to have to pick up the tab for the costs to maintain the canal development as well as having reduced access to the beachfront, people are starting to question whose interests are being served by this proposed development.
“There is no question that there is a need for an upgrade of some of the areas in Point Peron but this development is not the answer Ms Jecks concluded.
Speakers on the day included
Wide media coverage for the event was received including articles in The West Australian, Community Newpaper Western Courier and an interview on radio ABC Perth, with Russel Wolffe on the Drive program. Please reveiw the articles provided below:
Article: Western Courier Article: The West Australian, Jane Hammond
A selection of photos from the Rally
(Photos by: Les Lowe, Ruth O'Dwyer and John V).