See article – 500-pen marina sets sail
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/16931195/500-pen-marina-sets-sail/ (30th of April, 2013 – pg 4)
It must be noted that a 500 pen marina has already been approved near the existing cafe strip (more to be said on this, but see the Port Rockingham http://www.portrockingham.com.au/).
The location of this proposed Mangles Bay Marina by Cedar Woods and Landcorp is over 1 kilometer from the existing shops and cafe precinct in the centre of Rockingham. With business the way it is these days, it makes you wonder how the existing businesses will fair with all of the extra competition?
They compare this development to the busy Hillarys Boat Harbour north of Perth, but it is a completely different situation? The northern suburbs had nothing in the way of entertainment – ZERO – they had no where to go and they still don’t. There are a few places dotted around North Beach way and if you go much further up the coast there is Mindarie.
Rockingham on the other hand is an all together different, they already have a developed foreshore and cafe strip. People already go there for day trips, restaurants, fish and chips or an ice cream etc..
Where is the evidence to show that business on the Rockingham strip is so good that more competition is warranted? Will this turn the existing strip into a ghost town or the marina into a white elephant or both?
How well is Hillarys actually doing? How are other new marinas doing down that way?
I noticed that a nice gift/furniture shop at Hillarys has just had to halve its space, according to them, because “things are quiet”. Some shops are empty there? Sure it is busy on the weekends at Hillarys, but what about the rest of the week? There are empty restaurants around Fremantle’s Fisherman’s Wharf too.
Should the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Rockingham be looking helping and advising their existing businesses and encourage making Point Peron into a regional park to attract more tourists and day trippers, rather than build a whole new precinct? This could be the Kings Park of the south or a Rottnest Island style tourist attraction with affordable accommodation for everyone to enjoy.
This Mangles Bay Marina development is all about selling off public land to make a canal housing development. It is another brazen public land grab. Point Peron is the last remaining northern facing coastal land and they want to divide it up and sell it for quick profits.
It is assumed that the government wants to sell off the land for housing and commercial interests to pay for the 500 pen marina. But surely this is no excuse? If they want to create a Hillarys Boat Harbor, all they have to do is extend it off the existing cafe strip. It is a far more appropriate place for a marina and far less evasive and destructive.
If government land absolutely has to be sold off to pay for the 500 boat pens/marina, which the community has identified that it needs, then surely there is land that could be found in a less environmentally and culturally sensitive area? Besides we need more affordable housing, not more McMansions apparently?