02/12/2021 - 16:00

Point Grey marina thrown out

02/12/2021 - 16:00

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A proposed marina at Point Grey near Mandurah will not go ahead after the state government approved an amendment to the local planning scheme to stop the controversial development.

 Point Grey marina thrown out
The Point Grey development will not go ahead. Image: Shire of Murray.

A proposed marina at Point Grey near Mandurah will not go ahead after the state government approved an amendment to the local planning scheme to stop the controversial development.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti announced the move today, following a joint WA Planning Commission and Shire of Murray recommendation earlier this year.

Property developer Tian An Australia, formerly Port Bouvard, proposed to develop a 300-berth marina, with 3000 residential lots and a 2.5 kilometre navigation channel through the estuary.

Local and state authorities voiced their opposition to the proposed development, raising concerns it would have detrimental environmental impacts and incur high ongoing maintenance costs. 

Last year the developer said it was committed to progressing the marina, despite the Shire of Murray rejecting its proposal.

At the time, the shire labelled the development unsuitable and cited environmental concerns and financial risks in relation to the ongoing maintenance of the marina.

The amendment to the local planning scheme removes potential for any development of a marina at Point Grey.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the decision ensured any development was suited to the environment and was viable for the long term.

Shire of Murray president David Bolt described the announcement as a win for the community.

“The removal of a marina as a permissible use under Point Grey zoning, will ensure that future-decision making for the site considers the environmental sensitivities of the land and estuary and that development is not undertaken at the cost of the environment or ratepayers,” he said.

The Point Grey land is still zoned for urban development and could therefore be subdivided and developed for such purposes.

“An amended structure plan excluding the marina and marina village, would however, need to be lodged and address contemporary planning principles such as environmental, design and bushfire fire issues,” Mr Bolt explained.

“In April, council requested that the developer consider an alternative vision for the site that addresses the environmental sensitivities and Shire officers will be available to assist with planning enquiries and the consideration of planning proposals.”

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