20/10/2021 - 13:31

EPA flooded with Gnarabup submissions

20/10/2021 - 13:31

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The EPA is a step closer to deciding whether to assess Saracen Properties’ $118 million Gnarabup resort proposal, after an overwhelming public response.

EPA flooded with Gnarabup submissions
The proposed $118 million Gnarabup resort.

The environmental watchdog is a step closer to determining whether to assess Saracen Properties’ $118 million Gnarabup resort proposal, after an overwhelming response to its public consultation.

The Environmental Protection Authority received 1200 public submissions to its recent seven-day community consultation period, when it asked whether it should assess the development.

The EPA said more than 80 per cent of the submissions asked for an assessment at the highest level of public environmental review.

An EPA spokesperson said the EPA would decide in coming weeks whether the proposal should undergo an environmental assessment and if so, at which level.

“In deciding the level of assessment, the EPA considers information such as but not limited to the proposal, potential impacts, proposed management, the number and complexity of key environmental factors, and the number and merit of public submissions,” the spokesperson said.

The proposed development includes a 120-room hotel run by Marriott International’s Westin group, on 13.73 hectares of coastal land 10km from Margaret River.

Community group Preserve Gnarabup has voiced its opposition to the development’s potential impact on the coastal landscape.

The group posted a template submission to the EPA’s seven day consultation period on social media, prompting the strong response.

 

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