PLANNING and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan has released for public comment a public environmental review (PER) of a proposal to develop a 120 hectare water-based recreation facility near Armadale.
The Champion Lakes concept is a joint State/local government initiative that includes an international rowing course, white-water facility with rapids for canoeists, short-stay accommodation and associated commercial facilities adjacent to the planned extension of the Tonkin Highway.
“The development proposal also includes a lake-side residential area and an interpretive centre recording the site’s Aboriginal heritage significance,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“Champion Lakes could be a major part of the revitalisation of Armadale and the south-east corridor that will redress years of neglect and provide the base for a future of growth – socially, economically and environmentally.
“Extensive conservation areas within the site, which is mostly vacant land, will be retained and rehabilitated.”
The public will have four weeks from February 3 to comment on the PER for the Champion Lakes project.
Armadale Mayor Linton Reynolds said he was excited that the project was moving ahead.
“Release of the PER marks an important step towards a facility that will provide Armadale residents with a new level of quality recreation, as well as attracting elite athletes into the area for training and competition,” he said.