About 150 people spoke their mind to panellists including Peel Police District Superintendent Peter Halliday, Opposition leader and Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan, Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels, Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia, Kwinana MLA Roger Cook, and Greens South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren.
The evening got off to a predictable start with Rockingham’s ‘bogan’ reputation raised by multiple participants.
Then Liberal candidate for Brand Donna Gordin and Liberal Party member Rick Palmer defended South Metropolitan MLC Phil Edman, who was not present as Parliament was sitting. Unfortunately, the meeting was plagued by questions that only the Government could answer.
Cedar Woods, developer of the Mangles Bay Marina project, copped repeated criticism. Other development issues included tree felling, housing affordability and facilities for homeless youth. Transport ” particularly crowded trains, access to the hospital, bus services and the congestion on the freeway ” was also a big issue.
Law and order discussion centred on response times, hoons, licensed premises, responsible alcohol consumption on the foreshore and club hours. Mr McGowan got one of the loudest laughs when he suggested the City should have used the money it spent on legal action against one local club to just buy it and shut it.
Mr Papalia led a discussion on the need for a police station between Rockingham and Mandurah.