THE Conservation Council of Western Australia lauded the decision to reject the Mangles Bay Canal-Marina Development as a win for community and the environment.
The peak environment group congratulated Planning Minister Rita Saffioti for making a responsible decision that it said responded to the community and protects the environment.
A spokeswoman said almost 500 submissions were received against the proposal during the planning process, with a wide range of scientists, conservationists, fishers, and members of the local community also speaking out.
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CCWA Director Piers Verstegen said it showed the State Government listened to the community.
“The Mangles Bay Marina proposal was always going to present problems for the environment, and a canal estate was never a good idea in this location, but the Barnett Government had taken a particularly concerning approach to the development,” he said.
“The proposal would have had serious impacts on fish breeding and feeding grounds for Little Penguins, by degrading water quality in Mangles Bay and impacting seagrass through dredging and nutrient pollution.
“Rejecting this proposal is the right thing to do.”