New locations Sought for Lancelin Bay Boat-Launching Facility

LANCELIN Bay will no longer be considered for a future boat launching facility, Gingin Shire Council decided last week.

President Michael Aspinall said councillors decided to exclude Lancelin Bay as a potential site on June 16, but agreed to look at other locations immediately north and south of Lancelin.

“Council was of the view that Lancelin Bay should be ruled out as a potential location owing to its environmental sensitivity but that the option should remain to consider other sites at Lancelin for this facility,” he said.

“Earlier this year council was presented with a boat launching facilities study prepared by MP Rogers and Associates, outlining the advantages and disadvantages for such a facility at Guilderton, Seabird, Ledge Point and Lancelin.

“This report included conceptual options and an indicative financial summary with estimated ongoing maintenance costs for each location.”

Cr Aspinall said the council then decided to do detailed designs and site location for Ledge Point and Lancelin.

“There has been much speculation with regards to the actual location of a proposed boat launching facility and whilst no decisions have been made, it has now become apparent that Lancelin Bay is not a preferred option,” he said.

“Council also moved to develop a consultation plan to facilitate communication with the community regarding alternative locations around Lancelin.

“Following adoption of the 2015-16 budget further geotechnical, hydrographic and land surveys will be conducted for both locations, excluding Lancelin Bay.”

Four residents spoke at the council meeting, mostly voicing concerns about locating a boat ramp at Cunliffe Street and more community consultation.