Councillors raise concerns over rising sea levels at Mangles Bay Marina

Some councillors are concerned over the potential for rising sea levels at Mangles Bay Marina site. Stock picture
Some councillors are concerned over the potential for rising sea levels at Mangles Bay Marina site. Stock picture

CITY of Rockingham representatives have raised concerns about potential rising sea levels at the site of the proposed Mangles Bay Marina.

The City submitted a formal deputation to the WA Planning Commission last week about the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) amendment, which proposes to rezone the Mangles Bay Marina Project area to ‘urban’ and ‘parks and recreation’.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the proposal raised too many questions before the City could give it the tick of approval.

He said the City was first formally asked to be waterways manager for the project in October 2015.

“The basis of the City’s deputation included a couple of matters we would like to see resolved, including the width of the foreshore reserve in relation to the WAPCs Coastal Planning Policy,” Mr Sammels said.

“According to our assessment some additional foreshore reserve will be needed to accommodate rising sea levels and for social and recreational purposes.

“There are still some questions over proposed costs and income forecasts associated with the function of waterways manager, a role which the City has been asked to undertake.

“Our position is that council would need a full and accurate report detailing the cost and income forecasts before we could adopt a formal position on this.

“These financial forecasts are influenced by a number of factors, including the ultimate width of the foreshore reserve.

“As such the City has requested that final approval of the amendment is not granted at this time, pending the resolution of the remaining outstanding issues.”

A spokesperson for the WAPC could not give a date for a decision on the amendment.

“The WA Planning Commission is still considering the proposed Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) amendment 1280/41 – Mangles Bay Marina,” she said.

“Once a recommendation is reached, the WAPC will present the proposed amendment to the Minister for Planning for consideration.”