THE battle for Point Peron continued last week, when Hands Off Point Peron (HOPP) gave a presentation to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) at a public hearing.
Speaking on Wednesday, HOPP tabled a 600-page document outlining its opposition to rezoning the land under the proposed Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) Amendment 1280/41 for the development of the Mangles Bay Marina.
As it currently stands, developers Cedar Woods and LandCorp would need the land to change from its current recreation and parkland status to urban for the development to go ahead.
HOPP spokeswoman and Greens candidate for Brand Dawn Jecks said she had concerns about the objectivity of the WAPC.
“HOPP has serious concerns that the WAPC appears to be biased and unable to exercise objectivity and due diligence in relation to this politically-directed state government initiative,” she said.
“HOPP maintains that the rezoning of this public land to urban is being sought on the basis of false promises.
“Our submission explains why approval of this MRS amendment would bring Western Australia’s planning regime into disrepute.”
Ms Jecks, a former engineer, believes the development of a marina would not be feasible and City of Rockingham ratepayers would be left to flip the bill.
LandCorp chief operations officer Dean Mudford said he was not in a position to comment on the hearing.
“The proposed amendments to the Metropolitan Regional Scheme are currently being reviewed by the WAPC and Department of Planning,” he said.
“Therefore we are unable to provide further comment until a response has been received.”
However, he did say plans would be put in to place to protect and rehabilitate the environment.
“Separate to the development area itself, the proposal also includes remediation and rehabilitation of the nearby Cape Peron to preserve it as a natural community park,” he said.
“We aim to improve the Point through revegetation, the inclusion of walkways and interpretative signage in a way that respects and protects the environment.”
Cedar Woods has been contacted for comment.
WestTV was at the hearing and spoke to Ms Jecks and HOPP lawyer Ambrose Cummings.