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Important update for everyone in Goode Beach and Albany from the Frenchman Bay Association 

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DEVELOPERS WANT the City of Albany to approve Local Structure Plan 9. This would change the zoning to allow a 51-unit tourist resort to be built at Goode Beach between Lake Vancouver and the beach. The resort would include a restaurant, function centre and swim-ming pool.

The block of land in question is known as Lot 660. It surrounds Lake Vancouver, a pristine freshwater lake, on three sides. Most of Lot 660 is either vegetation-covered dunes near the sea or wetland near the lake. The current city plan envisages a “low key” development of up to ten “chalet/cottage units” in a small part of the block designated as Special Use Zone SU1. The question is whether this should change to allow a much larger development extending well beyond SU1.
The Frenchman Bay Association is opposing this change. We are not opposed to all development (for instance we support the Council’s decision to allow development of the old caravan park site at Frenchman Bay), but all the evidence is that the proposed resort:

  • Endangers protected rare species of plants and animals

  • Would permanently alter the Lake Vancouver wetland

  • Risks irrecoverable damage to the lake and surroundings

  • Cannot be built without driving a truck through EPA and Planning Commission guidelines on protecting wetlands and on coastal setbacks.

The map on the attached flyer shows why the resort cannot be built within normal planning parameters.

The Council Meeting on 24th July will be your last chance to express your concern. Use your right to four minutes to say what you think, or simply show your support by coming along.


History Evening -Dale’s Panorama

17 August 2018

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The Frenchman Bay Association in collaboration with the Museum of the Great Southern invite you to attend ‘A Goode Evening’ with food, wine and a discussion of:

The Panoramic View of King George Sound, Part of the Colony of Swan River  which is a hand- coloured print published in 1834, based on sketches by Robert Dale.

Ensign Dale was posted to WA in 1829 and made 360 degree panoramic sketches from the summit of Mt Clarence. This historically significant artwork depicts Minang people on country, engaged in cultural pursuits and having friendly interactions with soldiers.

The presentation will be given by Malcolm Traill (MoGS) and Steve Hopper (UWA).

Numbers are limited. First in first served.


 

Save the Lake @ Goode Beach – Video and Petition

Lake Vancouver is one of a small number of freshwater wetlands in the Albany area and is in near pristine condition. Located only 200 metres back from Goode Beach, the lake and surrounding wetlands are protected from the ocean by a series of coastal dunes. Developers propose to build a tourist resort comprising over 50 holiday units as well as a function centre and restaurant between the lake and the beach. The proposal involves substantial clearing of native vegetation, flattening of the coastal dunes in close proximity to the lake at a point especially vulnerable to storm surges, and development of a road through the wetlands, threatening several animals and plants of conservation significance (see linked video). The proposal will also compromise important historical and Aboriginal cultural heritage areas, and increase risks associated with safe evacuation from wildfires in Goode Beach.

We call on the City of Albany and the WA State Government to oppose Local Structure Plan 9 Goode Beach for the (Ahola) tourist resort development on Lot 660 La Perouse Road, Goode Beach, Albany, Western Australia.

Sign the petition at the Albany weekend markets or online at:

http://chn.ge/2E7kyiF