Marina opponents get support

Sound Telegraph

Sea Shepherd Australia has thrown its support behind the opponents of the Mangles Bay Marina proposal in Rockingham, stating the project is a threat to the region’s little penguins.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti is considering a recommendation from the WA Planning Commission in relation to the potential rezoning of the land required for the LandCorp and Cedar Woods project.

Sea Shepherd Australia managing director Jeff Hansen said the ocean conservation organisation had joined forces with the Conservation Council of WA and local community groups in opposition to the marina proposal.

“Scientists and experts have warned that the little penguins would suffer starvation and habitat loss and could be killed by boat propellers,” he said.

“Dredging their feeding grounds to make way for a canal, marina and housing development would be a disaster for WA’s only little penguin colony. WA’s billion-dollar tourism industry would also feel the impact.”

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