When it comes to the ‘specific’ Mangles Bay site, any ‘Boating facilities’ will require Canals.
This is because the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has already rejected a proposal in 1993 for offshore ‘boating facilities’ ‘without canals’ citing unacceptable sea grass loss.
That’s why the current proposal is for inland ‘boating facilities’ which require the construction of canals from Mangles Bay to reach an ‘inland’ marina in order to get around the previous 1993 EPA rejection due to unacceptable sea grass loss.
The current proposal for inland ‘boating facilities’ which requires the construction of canals was initiated in 2003 by the current member for Rockingham and WA Labor leader Mark McGowan MP.
You can read the full letter of Mark McGowans response to a citizen who expressed concerns about Mangles Bay canal housing estate here