Alternative vision for Cape to be unveiled

AN alternate vision for the future of Point Peron and Mangles Bay will be presented to the public this week.

Hands Off Point Peron (HOPP) have been vocal in their opposition of the proposed Mangles Bay Marina Development, and are inviting any Rockingham residents and anyone within the wider community with concerns about the proposed development to attend.

HOPP group founder Dawn Jecks said the Cape Peron Coastal Park had the potential to be an economically sustainable, low cost and low risk alternative to the marina development.

�Through the attraction of both locals and visiting tourists the coastal park would add to both the Rockingham economy and wider WA,� she said.

�The Cape Peron Coastal Park will provide a variety of services and facilities to all people across the socio-economic range and not just the few who can afford the top-end features of residential canals.�

Ms Jecks also said most tourists only visited the Rockingham area for a few hours, primarily going to Penguin Island.

She believed that enhancing the appeal of another of the area�s natural assets, Cape Peron Coastal Park, would encourage visitors to stay in the area longer and enjoy its features.

�Why take the risk of building a canal estate on our public land at Point Peron when we can have a tourist attracting coastal park which provides long term economic benefits to the local community instead?,� Ms Jecks said.

�This may be our last chance to have our communal voice heard before the residential canal estate goes into its final approval stages so it is important that we show a strong level of community support for an alternate vision for the area.�

The exact details of the proposed development are set to be revealed in the coming weeks, with a �refined plan� scheduled to go before the City of Rockingham.

Cedar Woods managing director Paul Sadleir told the Courier in January that once the plan for the proposed 500-pen marina had gone before the council it would be open for public comment.

The HOPP alternative proposal will be presented at 7pm May 7 at the Gary Holland Community Centre and all are welcome.