CITY of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the marina decision reflected shortcomings of the proposal and a failure to meet council planning conditions.
One glaringly obvious hole in the proposal was the lack of transparency and clear indication of who would be responsible for the project’s future waterways management. Should it have fallen with the City, ratepayers would likely have been footing the bill.
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“The Council’s support for a marina at Mangles Bay was on the condition that certain outcomes were achieved, including environmental approval and planning approval,” he said.
“Responsibility for dredging remains unclear because a waterways management agreement was never finalised between the City and developers.”
“The Minister’s decision to not support the rezoning reflects the shortcomings of the Mangles Bay Marina proposal, many of which were highlighted by the City through its input into the planning process.”
Mr Sammels also said the project’s withdrawal was disappointing.
“The Council is disappointed that positive community benefits will not be delivered, such as safe boat harbourage, increased economic activity and the rehabilitation of Point Peron,” he said.
The City was neutral on the prospects of a coastal park but did not want to see the area sit idle.
“The City does not have a position on a coastal park,” he said.