Opportunity for comment on proposed Gnarabup development

Gnarabup development

Nature Conservation Margaret River Region is encouraging the community to provide comment on the proposed Gnarabup development through the community consultation process which is open until the 2nd March.

After reviewing the environmental reports and the Development Application in detail, the region’s peak environment and conservation group says it is has concerns about several aspects of the plan.

“We will be making a submission on the proposal before the looming deadline of March 2 and we encourage others to also make a submission,” NCMRR general manager Drew McKenzie said. “Have your say about how our coastline, remnant vegetation and coastal communities are managed and shaped into the future.”

The proposal consists of a 121-room Westin Margaret River Resort & Spa, and the Gnarabup Village – a combination of 51 beach houses, four townhouses, 25 apartments, general store and café. The consultation period on the Development Application closes at midnight on March 2, and is separate from a second consultation run by the Environmental Protection Authority in October.

Mr McKenzie said NCMRR was concerned that remnant vegetation that is in very good condition would need to be cleared for the development. “Clearing is proposed across nearly the entire holding and into three surrounding reserves including an A Class reserve, a listed Environmentally Sensitive Area and confirmed habitat for threatened species,” he said.

“We feel strongly that in 2022 we should be placing a high value on our remaining native vegetation, fragile coastal areas and biodiversity. Best practice management is required in an area important for local biota and the community.

“The coastal area around Gnarabup is already very popular, under a lot of pressure and in high demand. So we’re concerned this may put more pressure on the existing infrastructure. Ultimately, the cost may be borne by the environment and the local community.”

Mr McKenzie also voiced concerns over the Gnarabup Sewage Treatment Plant, which is inadequately sized to cope with a large increase in sewage and does not meet current best practice guidelines in relation to its proximity to popular beaches and the ocean.

Visit https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au/reform-design-state-assessment/gnarabup/ to have your say.