Cape Peron is now classified as a Class A reserve

Indigo Lemay-ConwaySound Telegraph
The vast majority of Cape Peron is now designated as a Class A reserve.
Camera IconThe vast majority of Cape Peron is now designated as a Class A reserve. Credit: Indigo Lemay-Conway/Sound Telegraph

After decades of uncertainty for Rockingham’s most iconic coastal spot, the State Government announced last week that the majority of Cape Peron will now be classified as a Class A reserve.

The announcement from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage means that Cape Peron will now be provided with the highest degree of protection as an area with significant conservation and community value.

Following the State Government’s decision not to proceed with the Mangles Bay marina proposal in 2018, a working group was formed by the department to consider the best and most sustainable long-term use of the Cape.

The group included members of the City of Rockingham as well as several State departments.

A community reference group was also formed and included representation from local community groups and organisations.

The decision regarding Cape Peron being transferred to Class A was one of nine recommendations made by the working group, with all nine accepted by the State.

Cape Peron is one of Rockingham's most iconic coastal spots.
Camera IconCape Peron is one of Rockingham's most iconic coastal spots.

Hands Off Point Peron founder Dawn Jecks has been working on getting Cape Peron designated as a Class A reserve for many years and was thrilled with the decision.

“This is a dream come true for the many thousands of local people who have been yearning for the development of a permanent coastal park with the same values and tourist appeal of Perth's Kings Park,” Ms Jecks said.

“We thank the Cape Peron Working Group for its recommendations and pledge our support to the relevant government agencies which, we sincerely trust, will not delay making the coastal park a reality.”

Mayor Barry Sammels - who supported the marina proposal in 2018 - said the City was pleased that Cape Peron’s status as a vital environmental and community asset had been recognised.

“Cape Peron holds a special place in the hearts of many local residents, and this decision by DPLH recognises its high community value as a site with rich environmental and heritage elements,” Cr Sammels said.

“The City has pursued a significant advocacy role throughout this process with the intention of ensuring any outcome aligns with the aspirations of our Strategic Community Plan.

“The City thanks the department and all stakeholders for their involvement.”

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti was reached for comment.

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