MEDIA RELEASES and CLIPPINGS
Release, 28 July 2005
On Sunday, 17 July, the Western Australian Ministers for Planning and Infrastructure, Alannah MacTiernan MLA, and Tourism, Mark McGowan MLA, announced that the concept plan for a hotel at Coral Bay had been approved. Their press release stated, in part, that:
At Ningaloo, developers Two Oceans and their partners propose a five-star Hilton resort hotel providing for 260 beds at the existing Ningaloo Reef Resort.
The concept was approved by the NSDC [Ningaloo Sustainable Development Committee], as well as the Carnarvon Shire Council, subject to a number of conditions relating to energy efficiency, visual impacts and cyclonic storm surge.
"The resort is in keeping with the Government's Ningaloo Coast Regional Strategy and will help bring jobs and opportunities to the region," Ms MacTiernan said.
"We are investing in significant infrastructure in Coral Bay including sewerage and future water and power supplies to support the settlement's sustainable development."
Save Ningaloo Campaign’s (SNC) response:
When it was asked to comment on the concept plan, the SNC provided cautious support on the basis that:
Furthermore, according to the Outline Development Plan for the proposed Coral Bay resort, the proposed redevelopment would add 160 beds (to the existing 100-120 beds at the present resort). In contrast, the marina resort at Mauds Landing would have accommodated approximately 2500 people in phase one alone.
The SNC has never been ‘anti-development’; it has called for development to fit within meaningful planning guidelines, to be concentrated in existing settlements and to markedly improve prevailing standards of ecologically sensitive design and management. To this end, we will continue to scrutinise this and other major proposals.
whether or not this latest proposal is deemed to be environmentally acceptable
at the next, detailed assessment stage, the SNC reiterates its previous
calls for upgraded monitoring around Coral Bay so that human impacts can
be better understood and managed.
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