MLC Aaron Stonehouse has cited a better spend for government dollars on job creation and tourism after the decision to reject the Mangles Bay Marina proposal.
He said if re-zoning for the area had gone ahead it would have opened the way for a large housing estate and canal-based marina to be built on reserve land along the Rockingham coastline.
“The Minister has seen sense, and bowed to public pressure,” he said.
MORE: Dump delight for anti-marina campaigners after Mangles Bay Marina plan withdrawn
MORE: Lack of transparency cost Mangles Bay Marina development: Rockingham mayor
MORE: Conservation Council of WA lauds decision to reject Mangles Bay Marina development
“This effectively kills off the canal proposal, while opening the door to the publicly-backed Coastal Park plan which would allow us to keep our word to the people of WA, and declare Point Peron a Grade A Reserve in perpetuity.”
“Our focus needs to be on tourism and jobs, not on using public funds to favour of the top end of town. The recent approval granted to the proponents of the Port Rockingham Marina, based off Wanliss Street, was a great start.
“This rejection of the re-zoning proposal out at Point Peron is the next step.”