City to give marina input

Gareth McKnightSound Telegraph

The controversial Mangles Bay Marina proposal is back on the agenda this week, with representatives from the City of Rockingham among those to provide comment on the project at a meeting of the WA Planning Commission today, the Telegraph can reveal.

The proposal, which is being driven by LandCorp and Cedar Woods, has divided the Rockingham community since its inception in 2005, with concerns in some corners over the potential environmental impacts of the project.

The proposed marina has been granted Federal and State approvals, with the WAPC currently assessing a potential amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme to rezone the required land to urban.

A WAPC hearings committee fielded objections from stakeholders and the public in May and June last year — with nothing reported in the public space since.

The official line from the WAPC has been that it is considering the outcomes of the consultation period, with a recommendation to be presented to the Planning Minister.

The deadline for this was moved from the end of last year to the start of 2017, with a change in State Government seemingly delaying a decision.

However, the WAPC will meet today to consider the proposal once more, with the City of Rockingham and a number of other stakeholders presenting their views at Gordon Stephenson House in Perth.

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the City had been invited to attend the meeting.

The City’s representatives will be addressing the progress that has been made on the matters raised in the City’s written submission on the Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment, concentrating on the management of the waterway and the configuration of the foreshore reserve,

Cr Sammels said.

Premier Mark McGowan stated in opposition that he was in favour of a development in Rockingham but not one that included canals.

The canals element to the proposal has been condemned by environmental groups, with claims that they would not flush and hence increase the risk of algae blooms in Mangles Bay — similar to those blamed for the fish kill of 2015 in the Cockburn Sound.

Mr McGowan told the Telegraph this week that his stance had not changed.

“I have made it clear that while I do support tourist-oriented development, I do not support canals,” he said.

“The matter is currently with the WAPC for consideration.”

A WAPC spokeswoman said the MRS amendment would be considered this week and once a recommendation is reached it would be presented to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

LandCorp general manager of metropolitan and industrial John Hackett said once the WAPC assessment had been completed the relevant parties would review the decision.

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