Rove talks up Peron preservation

Talk show host Rove McManus gets behind Cape Peron.
Talk show host Rove McManus gets behind Cape Peron.

PERTH-born television personality Rove McManus has thrown his support behind the preservation of Cape Peron as the City of Rockingham confirmed preliminary work had started on the assessment of the Mangles Bay Marina Local Structure Plan.

McManus posted a photo of his support for Hands Off Point Peron’s (HOPP) alternate vision for the area to his Facebook page this week.

“I’m in support of Hands Off Point Peron and hoping it stays protected for future generations to enjoy as much as I have,” he wrote.

HOPP has been vocal in its opposition of the proposed development, and recently outlined its own vision for a Cape Peron Coastal Park, which included a nature-based recreational park to attract tourists rather than a marina development.

On Monday, Mayor Barry Sammels said the structure plan was underway, with many hours of City officers’ attention set to go into ensuring a thorough assessment of the marina proposal, especially as it was a sensitive issue.

“Usually assessments follow a process where additional information may be sought from the proponent,” Cr Sammels said.

“There may be matters that require clarification and even in some cases the City may seek independent advice.

“An important parallel process that underpins the eventual release of the Mangles Bay Marina structure plan for comment is the land rezoning processes required for the Metropolitan Region Scheme and City’s Town Planning Scheme.”

The City will release the draft for public comment when the rezoning processes and other outstanding matters under the City’s jurisdiction have been satisfied.

“The public commenting and consultation period could last for about 4-6 weeks, but the assessment process itself is expected to take much longer than this,” Cr Sammels said.