Plea to learn from mistakes

Dawn Jecks and WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam at Point Peron where coastal erosion is common.
Dawn Jecks and WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam at Point Peron where coastal erosion is common.

Resident Dawn Jecks, also the WA Greens candidate for the federal seat of Brand, said taxpayers’ funds were being used to ‘clean up the mess at Port Geographe after the developers went bust’.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has announced a $28.15 million reconfiguration of groynes at the canal and marina development, east of Busselton, to begin over an 18-month period starting this month.

He said the work would help address serious seagrass accumulation and coastal management problems.

Port Geographe Action Group chairman Peter Maccora said the community had fought for a decade to end the annual bandaid of removing smelly piles of seagrass by truck, unblocking the channel entrance and trying to prevent beach erosion.

‘What’s to stop this happening at Point Peron? If the marina goes ahead at Mangles Bay the problem will be much bigger because there are so many more complications with the site,’ Ms Jecks said.

‘They (Port Geographe residents) lost their local amenity because this project was flawed despite getting EPA and government approval.

‘The spin doctors have long gone and the community were left with the problems…why wasn’t the research, investigation, engineering and modelling done properly before the project was approved by the State Government?

‘The EPA, Department of Transport and other government agencies clearly failed the community.’

Mr Buswell said the Port Geographe works, including modification of the shape and length of the western breakwater, removal of pocket beach groynes, construction of a new seawall and foreshore realignment would improve the viability of the stalled development.