Dawesville MLA Kirkup hosts public forum, residents voice concerns

Dawesville MLA Kirkup hosts public forum, residents voice concerns

BOUVARD and Herron residents had plenty of issues and suggestions when Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup hosted a public meeting at the Bouvard Tavern on Monday night.

Their concerns ranged from undersized crabs and lot sizes to public transport and the controversial contamination issues at Tims Thicket.

Bouvard Coast Care chairman Mel Horton sought a better solution to the Tims Thicket proposal.

Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone said the council had not had a chance to meet with the group and was still awaiting environmental approvals.

One resident wanted to know where an extra 50,000 people in the area by 2036 would be housed and another was concerned at the wholesale bulldozing of bush on private properties.

Mr Kirkup said owners were entitled to develop their blocks but he would raise it with the Planning Minister later this month.

He also supported the need for a bus from Mandurah to Lake Clifton on a regular basis.

Other issues included the taking of undersized crabs and a suggested ban on crabbing at night, the need for more Fisheries officers and street lights on Old Coast Road.

Mr Kirkup also agreed to take up a claim that Yalgorup Reserve had not been back burned for 14 years.

He said a fuel load older than seven years was a fire waiting to happen.

He would prefer more police officers on the beat than a new police station at Dawesville and although a site had been bought near the Caltex petrol station for a Dawesville Senior High School, it was not scheduled for another 10 years.

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