Refuse to be Waterways Manager for Point Peron Mangles Bay Marina



To: Mayor Barry Sammels and all City of Rockingham Councillors

Petition Title – Refuse to be Waterways Manager for Point Peron Mangles Bay Marina

What we are asking them to do                 

We call on City of Rockingham to refuse to be Waterways Manager for the proposed Mangles Bay Marina.

Why? Because taking on the role of Waterways Manager would expose ratepayers to unacceptable levels of financial risk forever.

Why this is important

The actions of City of Rockingham suggest to us that they are contemplating taking on the role of Waterways Manager for the proposed Mangles Bay Marina (MBM)

The following is an excerpt taken from February 2017’s monthly Progress Report for the MBM Waterways Management contained in the City of Rockingham Planning Bulletin.

“In late 2016, the City received a revised ‘Waterways Management Report’ from the proponent which provides a forecast of the costs associated with the City performing the role of waterways manager over a 25 year period.”

Given that the proponent has committed to confirming a waterways manager for the marina before the WAPC makes its determination regarding the MRS amendment, we consider it reasonable for ratepayers to lobby Councillors regarding this issue of waterways management.

According to leading WA Professor of Coastal Oceanography Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi, the proposed Point Peron canal estate will not flush due to small tides and will need expensive ongoing cleaning up.

Even the consultants for the proponents have acknowledged that the canals will not flush naturally as required. Consultants for the proponents have also acknowledged that the water quality in the Marina would be poorer than expected. This could increase the risk of algal blooms and fish kills.

Canals are banned in several Australian states because of the financial and environmental burden they place on communities.

Ratepayers of the Shire of Murray foot a bill in excess of half a million every time the Yunderup canals have to be dredged.  The failed canal development at Port Geographe Bay threatened to bankrupt the City of Busselton until the W.A. Government poured in over $30 million of taxpayers’ money.

City of Rockingham must not take on the huge financial risk that would be associated with maintaining, cleaning and dredging the canals of the proposed Mangles Bay Marina.


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