City of Rockingham expresses concerns over Mangles Bay development

THE City of Rockingham will lodge a submission on the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) amendment, highlighting its ongoing concerns over certain aspects of the proposed Mangles Bay Marina development.

Councillors voted nine to one in favour of endorsing the submission to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), which again raises the City’s concerns regarding waterway management, coastal setback, regional roads, zoning and urban water management.

A number of councillors spoke at Tuesday night’s council meeting and last week’s planning and engineering services committee about the council’s obligation to follow the correct process and ensure appropriate issues are raised when necessary.

An alternate motion was put forward by councillor Katherine Summers but was deemed not relevant to the MRS submission and defeated nine votes to one.

Councillors then debated at length a second alternative motion forwarded by Cr Joy Stewart, which was eventually defeated, and a foreshadowed motion by Cr Deb Hamblin regarding concerns over traffic management.

The motion was withdrawn amidst the debate when Cr Chris Elliott pointed out traffic management would be considered at the structure planning stage in future.

The officer’s recommendation was eventually endorsed, with Cr Summers the sole vote against.

Earlier in the meeting a representative from proponent Cedar Woods used public question time to inform the council that it (Cedar Woods) felt it had not been informed of all the City’s issues and that some of the City’s concerns had been addressed.