Protestors lobby Premier Colin Barnett over proposed Point Peron marina

Premier Colin Barnett listens to Dawn Jecks’ Proposal.
Premier Colin Barnett listens to Dawn Jecks’ Proposal.

HANDS Off Point Peron group members held a peaceful protest outside the Admiral Hotel in Kwinana on Friday morning.

The group were there in a bid to lobby Premier Colin Barnett, who was due to attend a Liberal Party breakfast function.

When Mr Barnett arrived, the group’s organiser, Dawn Jecks invited him to listen to a counter-proposal they have for Point Peron.

The Premier agreed to listen and stayed a short while.

Ms Jecks discussed the already approved Cedar Woods Marina development at Point Peron.

She asked if he would accept a booklet that outlined the Concept Plan for the Cape Peron Coastal Park.

Mr Barnet accepted the booklet before handing it to a member of his staff behind him.

Later Ms Jecks said the approved development made no sense.

“We don’t want 70 hectares of our Point Peron Regional Park bulldozed for Premier Barnett’s proposed private canal housing estate. It makes no sense environmentally, socially or financially to destroy such an iconic and much loved treasure as Point Peron,” she said.

“To suggest that an inland marina surrounded by a canal housing estate would be good for WA tourism and jobs is simply ludicrous.”

“Studies show that tourists want unspoilt nature.

She urged the public to be involved and comment on the development.

“With public submissions now open for comment regarding proposed rezoning of the land at Point Peron from regional parklands to urban so as to facilitate the Barnett Government’s Mangles Bay Marina/Canal Housing Estate, this is a crucial time for all West Australians who have ever enjoyed this precious place to make their voices heard,” she said.

“We are steadfast in our resolve to see the creation of the community’s alternate vision for the area, that is, the Cape Peron Coastal Park concept plan. See cape-peron-coastal-park.com for more information.”

A Cedar Woods spokesman said their proposal had been given environmental approval.

“First and foremost the marina development will provide room for up to 500 boats, a club site, greater beach access and a thriving tourist hub with restaurants, cafes and affordable family accommodation,” he said.

“The development presents a unique opportunity to provide substantial economic benefits to the greater Rockingham area.

“The development is anticipated to generate over $1.3B and create 460 jobs, most of which are likely to be filled from people within the Rockingham region.

“The project has obtained environmental approval, and a draft Structure Plan is with the City of Rockingham who we expect will share it with the community when the City advertises it later this year.”