Five-star resort for Margaret River, locals concerned about coastal encroachment

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Yesterday, the anticipated post-COVID construction boom got a shot in the arm with news of a five-star resort on the coast near Margaret River.

The 120-bed Westin Margaret River Resort and Spa - owned by Marriott International - would be built on the southern headland of Gnarabup Beach, immediately south of Surfers Point. Currently untouched coastal heath, the site has been slated for development for three decades.

Locals have spent three decades fending off development proposals of Gnarabup Beach and headland (ABC local/Anthony Pancia)

In 1990, a proposal to build a golf course and associated accommodation by a Japanese Consortium was rejected. In 1995, a resort and retirement village were built on land on the east side of Walcliffe Road, yet the western side of the road remained untouched despite many development proposals over the years.

The proposed resort still requires final planning approvals, but it aims to include 45 luxury suites and 400 square metres of events space.

WA Premier Mark McGowan attended the site for the announcement and said the development is a show of optimism for the WA tourism sector. "It is a great opportunity for our state and a demonstration of confidence in our tourism industry and also our economy through a very difficult period," he said.

Tourism Minister, Paul Papalia, said Margaret River played a key role in attracting tourists from across the world. "Before the COVID crisis we had seen two years running of record levels of outer-state visitor numbers," he said.

"More tourists came to Western Australia from interstate and overseas than ever before in history and Margaret River was absolutely essential in attracting those visitors."

Artist's impression of Westin Margaret River Resort Hotel

Local opposition points to the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge Policy which aims to conserve natural landscape elements of the southwest coastline. The resort will be the first of its kind on that stretch of coast to have direct ocean access. It's also built on a prominent headland breaking the natural sight lines.

Locals are also concerned by visitor numbers on Gnarabup Beach. President of the Margaret River Costal Residents Association, Adrian Wilson, told the ABC the local beach is already being impacted by costal erosion.

"The beach in Gnarabup is extremely unstable, it's down to about one entrance to the beach," he said. "The level of pressure on that beach is already extremely high."

Westin Perth will develop the site and general manager, Peter Brampton, said the current plans had taken the local environment into account.

"It's a low rise in keeping with the surroundings and being environmentally focused," he said. "It's two-storey high in parts."

The developers hope to start construction before the end of the year.

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Tim Bonython commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 9:30am

Boo!

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NeptunesGarden commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 3:18pm

There is opportunity to expand the tourist industry without widening the foot print left behind. It takes a bit of thought and initiative. Rather than what appears a hasty post covid solution to down ward tourist numbers, there could be consolation with local groups (council and independent bodies). Investment into many small projects that dont hinder the landscape such as this one does. Unfortunately its to easy for the govt to just give it to the big business end of town. If Margs becomes just like all the other coastal places mentioned why travel so far to get there.

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Ockanui commented Saturday, 13 Jun 2020 at 9:20am

In a State that allowed Rio Tinto to blow up a 46,000 year old sacred site, nothing now will stop big business in WA...as all they have to do once they desecrate an area, is apologise.

MJ

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Rabbits68 commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 9:37am

Disgraceful. The almighty dollar reigns supreme once again. Fuck the environment......

Crystal Clear

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dylza commented Monday, 15 Jun 2020 at 9:27pm

Yep thats the attitude they carry - step on the environment dont work within in it - bloody hideous!

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 9:39am

FFS.

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harrycoopr commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 9:46am

Two words. One syllable each. F... O..

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Ape Anonymous commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 8:54am

Petition: https://www.change.org/p/marriott-international-save-margaret-river?recr...

Woah, woah woah woah!!!
No way.
This is going to open-up the whole area to development!
MR is currently a pristine oceanic wilderness.
This is disgusting!
What can we do!?
Campbell, where are you man?

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Westofthelake commented Monday, 15 Jun 2020 at 6:58pm

Almost at 10000 signatures. Get on it if you haven't already.

https://www.change.org/p/marriott-international-save-margaret-river

margaret-river-petition

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mikehunt207 commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 10:23am

Theres progress.... Big Internationally owned hotel company, developer - rich Perthies, construction will be a big Perth company, jobs for locals??? yeah right, I guess our kids can get jobs as valets and bus boys to carry the bags for rich tourists. Margaret Rivers race to the bottom continues .

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 10:53am

Sorry , Mike.

It’ll be temporary visa holders doing the work in all likelihood.

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Dale -Cooper commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 12:12pm

The Festival State beckons, Mike. Time to blow this popsicle stand.

After you get the painters in, of course.

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 12:15pm

No where in SA with the Margies vibe or environment.

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Dale -Cooper commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 2:49pm

Convos going over your head, Blowie. Greener (but also not!) pastures await us.

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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campbell commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 11:01am

Hi Ape, shithouse isn't it? Not the worst even as just south of there is another proposed and approved "eco development' just left of the road in above picture. Not sure where they intend to process sewerage as current tiny sewerage plant was designed for 200 houses years ago which is already at max capacity,. Also of note the Beach Resort already there is either full (long weekends, holidays etc ) or almost empty , same goes for its bar / restaurant most of the year. Wonder if the local shire intend to put in the proposed secondary access road south of there before 3 years of building traffic or wait until development is complete like they have done with every sub division in town to date? Who cares and why consider how that kind of traffic will effect locals and beach users I guess??
As mentioned The Marriot is an international company so no local ties, same goes for devevoper an out of towner, just greedy business people , and state government seeing our region as dollar signs with no care about the continued decimation of what was a small country town. Killing the golden goose and ruining what people come here for in the first place.
300 jobs apparently but they will all be big construction types from the city rather than any of us local trades / services and other than perhaps cleaners and staff in the resort when it's built zero local benefit employmentwise.
Ever been to Hanalei bay on Kauai? Most beautiful place on earth - until you pan around to the big pink resort searched up on the headland above the point.
Fucked is what this is , give the rich tourists 5 stars ahead of how it will effect everybody else.
MR shire , State Gov should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this to happen.

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Kellya commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 11:07am

Progress and development of the South West is inevitable. If you think this is bad, there is more coming! It won't stop.

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tomdo commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 11:56am

You're right. Which is why we need to fight it. I don't buy arguments that the floodgates were always going to open so let not bother trying to stem the flow and mitigate the damage. Some sites should be off-limits to multinational business interests. This land, like Walcliffe House just up the road, should not even be in private hands. It's too environmentally sensitive and too culturally significant to loose. If the government really wanted to protect tourism in this state they would protect nationally significant sites like these. To add to the injury the architects/developer put forward a design that is an absolute insult. In no way does it aspire to be of a quality commensurate with the specialness of the site. Look at the design closely. It's more akin to distribution centre on the freeway near Perth airport. It's got a helipad FFS! This proposal contains zero value to anyone. Lazy and really fucking sad. We're better than this.

Thank you for not surfing.

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dandandan commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 1:09pm

Always more to come, but Australians are very good at fighting off things they don't like. Down here in Tasmania we've been fighting off shit we don't like for decades, and it's pretty much my favorite hobby. Get amongst it I say mates.

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GreenJam commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 2:53pm

how are you going with that Chinese one at Swansea danandan?

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Godarren commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 9:47am

Getting organised to object is a great idea and given the resources available to developers needs to be undertaken on more than an individualistic 'hobby' basis....Tassie certainly has not been immune from the impact of mass tourism (over 3.5 million visitors in 2019/3.2 domestic), development and government driven private enterprise infraction into world heritage and national park spaces...just pop a drone over the Seven Mile Beach carpark on a points swell to see a mirror image of the horrendous crowds experienced of Snapper / or check out the sanitised, conga line, $1000 a day plus boutique 'wilderness experiences' on the Tas Peninsular et al....the statewide population growth from 470,000 in 2000 to its current 520,000, whilst not sounding too drastic, has resulted in peak hour gridlock going in and out of Hobart and a blow out on some coastal villages (now suburbs) within commuting distance of the city. Tassie is by no way immune from developments as per exactly what is happening all over the nation and, having 9 generations of Taswegains in the family, it is clear that the lifestyle of being happier with less is gone. Regarding Swansea development - the Tas Planning Commission has rejected the Spring Bay Council's approval to go ahead and the Chinese consortium is planning an objection.......this group of investors own over 3000 coastal hectares in this area. The horse bolted here quite some time ago and, given the $ impact of the covid travel restrictions, it can be reasonably anticipated that government will be frantic in attempts to attract resi and commercial investment and go flatout to escalate tourist numbers as soon as they decide to open the door......

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ryder commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 11:30am

You can't dream this shit up...
The Marriott International Drug Aware Pro

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Deep Heat commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 11:38am

Rally! Its not enough to complain here, we must make noise for the local councils and development boards. People come to MR to get away from the commercial zones of Perth, not to enter another one. This is classic interference by outsiders in a place they do not understand to the detriment of the greater community. Campbell made a good point in considering Hawaii. Everyone on the island HATES those big resorts -and they destroy water quality -ironically one of the original draws to the area. Currently this area is greatly enjoyed by locals and one of the largest big wave attractions in the world -and its natural splendour. If we bring tourists in mass quantity to this exact spot out of the town, the big wave surfing will be destroyed and people will die regularly. This is not a surf zone for beginners and tourists. Crowds here will cause death. They would be better suited to more calm coastal areas or near the plentiful, beautiful wine areas. Margaret River has many areas that would be of great attraction to tourists -including a very beautiful little town, wineries- and there is no need to cause such callous destruction to surfers, local culture and environment. Mains and Southside breaks are extreme and deadly waves. If this proposal goes forward, tourists will die, and they will take locals with them, ruining the site for everyone. State government needs to respect local wisdom or we all lose in the end. This is more "lost generation" type central authority idealism pushing ignorance at the expense of locals. State is too greedy for developer money and campaign contributions for common sense short of major community push back and threat of lawsuits. These people consistently overstep with their authority. Maybe it should be trimmed back and local councils should have more say, the state less? Locals should begin by writing some letters and end with a good old fashioned protest, lawyers if possible. "Authority concedes nothing without a demand."

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lostdoggy commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 11:46am

All around Australia (and world) we’ve seen that the coastal strip should never have been developed.
And now we continue to pass these proposals? Absolutely ludicrous.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 11:57am

Sooner or later these developments need to be rejected on the basis of inappropriate towards local culture.

The environmental angle may be effective but there needs to be weight of local interest balanced against private economic benefit to truly reflect the nature of our society.

Make a stand based on community opposition to this development on cultural impropriety and the problem will be solved once and for all.

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gavin007 commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 12:04pm

I've watched the Torquay/Surf Coast get decimated over the last 10 to 20 years by councils, governments and rich pricks with no regard for the environment. Here's another example ready for take off.

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Kellya commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 12:19pm

Can't see how the Yallingup to Augusta area is going to escape more of this. The whole coastal strip from Mandurah to Busselton is already developed or close to being developed. Can only hope it will be developed tastefully.

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Dale -Cooper commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 1:15pm

Hey, at least there's a helipad!

And surely it's good that the infamous WA company Saracen Properties is involved in carrying out the joint development of the project.

This is the same Luke Saraceni who went down the bog in the Raine Square debacle in Perth. As well as the ex-winery on Caves Road, that's now a "virtual winery" in Perth.

Shonky? WA? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

Been batting this away since the Hohnen days in the 90s!

MR is cooked. Or rather, kooked.

The FB MR Noticeboard page comments say as much. Jobs n growth, jobs n growth. Ingest the mantra!

Some gronks want a McDonalds to go, too!

Chao. ¡Hasta la victoria siempre*!

*right........

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 12:36pm

Dunno what people are complaining about, I mean, it's shaped like a boomerang and everything.

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tomdo commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 2:34pm

It's an L for Lame

Thank you for not surfing.

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Dale -Cooper commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 12:42pm

Or a broken stick.

Appeals to your artistic sensibilities, Andy?

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Ape Anonymous commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 12:42pm

Where should letters be sent? Directly to the State department pushing the development?

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AndyM commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 12:46pm

Have I hit a nerve mate?
Going to stalk me around the place now?
You're not my type :)

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garyg1412 commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 12:51pm

"Not sure where they intend to process sewerage"
Campbell this is the key ingredient to all these proposed mega developments isn't it , which people tend to forget about. Sure they do all the environmental assessments and the waste water treatment system goes through the planning process but it's all smoke and mirrors. The long and short of it is that you have the same amount of people as a small suburb in a condensed area shitting and pissing on a daily basis. And that my friend is not a "environmentally focused" development. It's a shit farm where people come to have fun and relax.

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Dale -Cooper commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 1:14pm

Sewers the spot is gonna be sewers for real.

What a shit-show!

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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Ape Anonymous commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 1:39pm

Is gas bay the discharge point?

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kookfactor commented Saturday, 13 Jun 2020 at 10:25am

Yes Ape there is already the wastewater facility just down the coast a bit at Gas Bay, so any sewerage concerns are kinda irrelevant. Also the bio-loo systems available today would be a pre-requisite for sure. I live and love this stretch of coastline and feel quite surprised some corporate c... own it. Always had the feeling it was National park land on the coastal strip south of Prev. Brings to mind something Smiffy said from ATS regards future jobs for crew " A job that doen't f,,, someone else or the environment over. Tough one, and could be the prototype for future opening up of the area to tourism. Humans who come,use,mess it up with no concept of leaving any legacy apart from truffle dotted shit and instagram selfies...*sigh.

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Fatso commented Friday, 12 Jun 2020 at 11:51am

garyg..."Sure they do all the environmental assessments and the waste water treatment system goes through the planning process but it's all smoke and mirrors.". Fucking really??? I don't see any smoke or mirrors mate...much more simple 'yeah we've ticked those boxes and off we go'. As an environmental scientist (zoologist really), I can confirm that the enviro assessment protocol in this State ( and the rest of Australia) were born with a major handicap, and have now been assigned to a care home for the severely demented, and completely ignored. Coastal heath is one of the most biodiverse AND sensitive ecological communities in the country. Money rules the roost. I'm not into nimbyism, but fark, I'm pretty happy that when I left Perth it wasn't for Margies. Highly subtle monstrosities like this are just the tip of the iceberg. Hope it crashes and burns

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Mallimitch commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 1:07pm

A state hinged or unhinged on raw materials would feasibly exploit the next available resource... F><£ wits!

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redclement. commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 1:28pm

It looks ghastly too.

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Thegrowingtrend.com commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 1:30pm

Stand as one on the environment and fight. every time they build they destroy priceless untold riches. The land we stand on is to shared freely.

Nicko

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crg commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 1:40pm

I think they should amend the development consent to include privatising the surrounding surf breaks for SUP's and the impending comeback of the goatboat.
Maybe close off carpark access too, especially for annoying, entitled locals.

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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Dale -Cooper commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 2:24pm

The Ramp can be like the ol' Cloudbreak days!

“The dog leg. That dog had four legs. One you found in my trunk. The other three went out with the information you're thinking about right now. Two people you don't want coming around here if anything bad happens to me.”

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gunther commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 1:51pm

That undeveloped coastal strip between the Capes is one of the best (and most unique) things about the area. 2nd only after the waves!

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gsco commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 2:05pm

As a qlder I've been to Margaret River only a couple of times, but a development like this in that pristine stretch of Australian coastline seems undesirable no matter how you look at it.

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Coops70 commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 2:06pm

I used to work there at the cafe in the early 90’s for a short while when I lived there. I honestly never thought I’d see this happen to this area. But fuck, the hay days are gone now, this is the start and it won’t stop. Greed and shouts of progress, it’s good for the locals they say. Bullshit, only the rich Benefit from this and the wozzle when they stay for the comp. what a cracking start to the year hey!

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bluediamond commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 2:18pm

Get farked!!
Me and a mate stayed in that current shit show across the road from the proposed development for a couple of nights last year. The two nights we were there the whole place was booked out by The Rebels. Coppers parked out front that whole time on stand by. I guess you'd have to factor this into your likely clientele too. Fun!

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tomdo commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 2:37pm

Thank you for not surfing.

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Tooold2bakook commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 11:07pm

Cheers mate. I'll share on fb too.

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Westofthelake commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 4:33pm

Signed mate, and gave them $8 towards the cause, and I have never even been there.
But I know what these type of developments pave the way for, and it aint pretty.

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SurferSam commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 2:46pm

Looks more attractive then the shite processing farm about 1 km down which is actually closer to beach and more visible. Almost vom every time I surf gas bay

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jacksprat commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 3:27pm

Have you seen what the Gold Coast of Queensland looks like? Byron? Lennox? Ulladulla? That's the future here too.

onetimeonly

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Vic Local commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 6:04pm

Geez, that's next level horrendous.
If I was that architect, I wouldn't put my name on that monstrosity.
This type of development goes way beyond the local Bob Jelly types.

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 16 Jun 2020 at 11:56pm

Gnarabup Resource Library

Intro..
***** Hotel is to lure WA tourists first then attract Global Visitors seeking surety.
Govt called for expressions of interest ...(15 responded / 9 considered)
Nationwide State Govt's palm cash to revive WH / Wilderness Horror Show.
No questions asked...complete first nation / local town / enviro overrides.

Ministerial Statement...+ (Photo File)
https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/06/Five-star-vo...

Premier @ Project Launch (Full Announcement -All parties) Running Time 34mins
https://www.facebook.com/abcperth/videos/wa-tourism-announcement/3069312...

S/W Development Commission -(Attended The Hill Top Media Circus)
https://www.facebook.com/swdc.wa.gov.au/

(3 Part) Development blocks the ocean sunset across Gnarabup Leeuwin Naturaliste
1. Resort & Spa $70m -120 rooms (Boomerang Shape) (Central) Shown.
2. Reef Drive (South) $30m -80 rooms (50+) < Private Rd (Closed) > Resort Links?
Note: Shown on Google Earth 2016 [sale sign at intersection]
https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/563412dce4b02a69d7e49e95/1...
3.(North-not coloured)Condos above Gnarabup [P] Needs xing or 'buggy' underpass to Club?
Linking last stage offers a (Later / no fuss) Golf option above the town.
C'mon! That looks like a 1970's Wild West Boomerang Golf Lodge.

Goldie tbb is sniffin' out a brownpaperbag whiteshoe Ocean Links Golf Resort.
Big Weddings / Big Boyz - Wines / Beer / Waves / Fish / Golf / Treks.
5 big players are pushin ahead on this...more than a Resort Spa pamper pack?

ATTENTION

Premier only learns of Stages 2/3 after his State address...[Pause-0:50] WTF is this shit?
It's clear to all the Premier was ambushed by Saracen's hilltop massacre.(then vomits)
See for yourselves...3 parcels of land are pointed out in a Golf Course links style.
https://7news.com.au/news/wa/wa-tourism-hotspot-margaret-river-to-get-fi...

Shire of Augusta / Margaret River ~ Local Planning Scheme 1
[ Must Read ] Describes: All Planning Zones in detail
https://www.google.com/search?ei=O8ToXsj9OI6Z4-EPyuC0iA0&q=Shire+of+Augu...

Shire of Augusta / Margaret River ~ Local Planning Strategy
https://www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/library/file/0Publications/LP%20Strategy/...
Shire of Augusta / Margaret River ~ LP Part 2 or (Part 5 Tourism Sites)
[ ** IMPORTANT ** ] Resort Site Lot (Council Description) is covered in this Paper
https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/getmedia/6a95e5ce-b13f-45e8-8e94-2240eec424be...

Resort / Town Map (see: Hadyn -below /thanx) see here also(1+2 above)
https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/getmedia/dbb61b92-fe07-4fad-a98f-7f5efd93aa05...
Note: Parks & Recreation = (Potential) 18 hole Golf Links?

White Elephant Cafe is zoned [ Parks & Recreation ] Weddings Parties Anything Anytime
(Open Licence -200 invited guests) Precedents & Privatises the whole Park Recreation Zone
Cafe has extended (Beach-Ocean) License for Legal ceremony/events/seating/alcohol/dogs
Note: Retro Car ramping ocean access & boats moored inshore. (Anything goes here!)
https://www.barefootbeachweddings.com.au/couples/
https://www.whiteelephantcafe.com.au/functions/

Marriott boast Weddings as main function + Highlights Beach Path access.
Resort requires #1 Beach Wedding access > Cafe -Open beach license = (Sky is the Limit)
Beach connect will need to be formalised in covered built form (Safe for Brides & Guests)
Whale Watching / Diving / Ocean Charter tenders > WSL (line-up VIP?)...
At what point does WA [ NSR ] spell out encroachment..(Tip: Now would be a good time!)
WSL + SA are commercialising privatising all Oz Surfing Reserves (Gigs / Grog / VIP Dogs etc)

WSR- Cape to Cape -World renowned Wine Trail value add [ Westin health brand ]
This billed as Govt flagship Billboard for - ***** State Tourism.
As said, icon is to detour Bali Bound locals & attract far flung to clean pure Margs.

Ngari Capes Marine Park (Features) Special Purpose [ National Surfing Reserve/s ]
http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Documents/marine_parks/ngari_capes_marine_park...
NCMP Management Plan.(re: Noongar) + Shorebirds + The need for a Surf Policy?
https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/images/documents/parks/management-plans/decar...

State planning policy 6.1 Leeuwin- Naturaliste Ridge
https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/information-and-services/district-and-regiona...

Margaret River [NSR] + (SW Development Commission): Share-Respect-Preserve...
"Let's ensure the natural beauty of this area remains intact for future generations."
https://www.ozbeaches.com.au/pages/national-surfing-reserves-of-australia
Who here thinks SWDC upheld their shared National Surf Reserve Plaque vows.

Cape to Cape (Spring)Wildflowers [# Biodiversity Hot Spot]
https://capetocapetours.com.au/spring-wildflowers-margaret-river/
Level 1 Flora & Vegetation Survey at Gnarabup
https://yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/23370/documents/46366

Library Research Notes:
Whale & Wave Lookout through-out winter + reptile livelyhood on hill tops.
First Nation claim Caves exist beneath this site + they & Town were not consulted.
These are the only Intrusive Large Westerly buildings along Cape to Cape Habitat.
Reef Dr Resort needs [Gated Private roads] for 24/7 safe Clubhouse service link.
Clubhouse Buggy underpass beneath Main Road opens out to Links Course Condos
Helipad is offered to community for Rescue & Shark Victims + Gnarabup [P] + Cafe stays.
Cafe may get revamped as SLSC + private Beach club / '70's Disco.
Is tbb getting warm?

Whiteshoes are bossing Govts & rewriting seaside precedents on back of Covid-19.
You all see the pure evil Saracen Snake strike the Premier in above Horror Movie.
How quick the Whiteshoes access the Premier & pounce on 2nd/3rd Ocean allotments.
Not enough time for a sausage sizzle & WA Premier was putty in their hands.

Gromz! You can learn a lesson from that vid...(Premier + people no longer get a say!)
You all know what to do Gromz. { Save yer Local }...It's Whiteshoestompin'time!

# Library was restocked with several detailed (Council Planning Papers) on 16th June

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tango commented Monday, 15 Jun 2020 at 9:50pm

TBB you may well have time on your hands, but you use it well. Thanks for the links.

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MartinNow commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 8:35pm

Don't accept this.

Act.

VOTE!

MartinNow

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campbell commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 8:38pm

Nice one TBB, also festagales (not sure spelling) , osprey and sea eagle nesting on adjacent land, endangered ringtail possums, rare southwest Quokka sightings in immediate area , but dollars over environment everytime. Mc gowan did a great job over covid but now showing true colours , laying in bed with developers and doing a fair impression of his predecessor Colin Barnett on this idea, selling the Margaret River dream to anybody that will listen. The ultra rich Chinese tourists didn't rate Margs without a "luxury" accommodation so now they get one , regardless of how appropriate the location is or how the LOCAL community feel about it.

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MartinNow commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 9:00pm

Phascogales?

Small carnivorous marsupials.

On my side they have black fluffy plumes at the end of their slender tail.

And TEETH!

Fight hard mate.

I really didn't realise how stuffed my neighbourhood was until I drove around the new roundabout down to the other side of the ridge.

We all need to realise we are all part of the problem, and address it.

MartinNow

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MartinNow commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 8:44pm

Can you believe they give out doctorates in economics?

The only model they can come up with is growth.

The monkey in 2001 did more creative thinking when he smashed that bone,

Better Not Bigger

MartinNow

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Numbatt commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 9:35pm

It’s intregueing. I’ll deal with it, because life so far has been about adapting to change. Freedom! I hope the architectural design rivals the best on Earth. I hope to get rich and live near my favourite waves.
There are other wild dark raw places that exist with no one nearby. Bring your courage and take your trash.

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Tooold2bakook commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 11:05pm

10 years ago I was driving around the Mediterranean. I thought the non-stop development was the saddest thing ever. So sad to see us go down this road.

Petition signed. Letters on the way. Fight.

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Hadyn Vones commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 at 11:32pm

https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/getmedia/dbb61b92-fe07-4fad-a98f-7f5efd93aa05...

Looks like this site has been identified and zoned for tourist development

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views from the ... commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 4:25am

So unfortunate and unstoppable.
Think every desirable coastline on Earth that tourists/developers can plunder.
Nothing new really.
Be glad if you're old enough to have seen them pristine. The next generation will be less emotional and heck post Covid- We've got to get the economy going.

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Bob Sacamano commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 7:42am

Good on the locals for fighting this for so long, hopefully you still got something left in you and can put up more resistance.

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wax-on-danielson commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 7:50am

All governments have one objective - Growth at all costs. It doesn’t matter if there isn’t an organic demand for growth.. The world needs less growth and a smaller population which is contrary to the primary objective of the powers that be.

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Ape Anonymous commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 8:41am

The whole Australian surf community should arrive at this site and protest if it gets to that stage! We lose the premier big wave spot in Australia, that is a kick in the teeth! The whole area should be left to the public as a nature park and nothing else!

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mowgli commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 10:49am

"Tourism Minister, Paul Papalia, said Margaret River played a key role in attracting tourists from across the world. "Before the COVID crisis we had seen two years running of record levels of outer-state visitor numbers," he said."

Sounds to me like MR has been going just fine/gangbusters without this then eh? Those familiar with Ken's line at the end of every episode of Brownie's Coastwatch..."don't destroy what you came to enjoy"......oh the fucking irony with all of our pro-developer govts in this nation.

So where do the likes of Surfing Aust. WA and the WSL stand on this proposal?

Few people on here saying things like "it's inevitable". No it's not. Plenty of examples from across the country whereby local communities successfully prevent development going ahead. Have got to try and win every battle, because the war never ends, because there's always a suit with a brown bag full of cash and a strip club cover charge taken care of on his way.

To add to TBB's list of links. I have only had a quick glance at these.

Gnarabup is in that table: https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/way-of-life-at-ris...

Massive resource: https://coastadapt.com.au/planning-approaches-western-australia

Definitely worth a read ahead of any discussions folks might have with the State and Council planning teams: https://coastadapt.com.au/reducing-risk-legal-challenge

This group is all about protecting natural values and responding to climate change in that region: https://www.peronnaturaliste.org.au/

And the doozy, signed by McGowan himself....particularly the 'Objectives' section: https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/getmedia/a608b7f4-85c6-414e-b370-c3c2c0c28102...

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 12 Jun 2020 at 9:02pm

mowgli is up for the good fight (Getting our shit together is step 1)
This covid coastal cocooning is Oz wide.

Scomo: "Where the Bloody Hell are my Beach Slaves."
State Pollie's: "1st 20,000 Gold Spades are free for Dec' Oz Beach Dig."

Vid shows this lot hiding suss 'Stage 3' behind their back.
They've already crossed the 'Line in the sand'.

Locals turn to call their bluff!
1. How do the *****brides parade up/down to the Beach Weddings.
2. Cape's Park-Recreational Golf Links (YES/NO)

Reckon that should scuff up their whiteshoes.

How big the War & how long it divides the town.
If these jokers want the lot...locals have a right to flush them out.

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bluediamond commented Friday, 12 Jun 2020 at 9:26pm

haha. Gold. Some of your finest work TBB

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jimmy.long commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 11:48am

Should have been a surfing reserve long before now.
Is all the sewerage going to come out at Grunters and Gas.
Sad day for WA.

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criso commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 3:36pm

Oh yay more rich kooks around Margies

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SurferSam commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 6:47pm

I bet all the protestors are the rich pricks who live in gnarabup in a monstrosity of their own not to dissimilar to the hotel their protesting about. I think everyone needs to calm there farm the magic of that particular area has already been lost, about 20 years ago when they developed gnarabup. Pretty ugly multiple story houses everywhere. Before then I can remember driving on the beach at grunters and reversing onto the reef to get a run up the dune. Can’t do that no more

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Rabbits68 commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 11:23pm

Certainly hope for your sake that your not a gambling man. At least we know where you stand though. Let the good times roll eh? By the way, do you remember driving over the Hooded Plover’s nesting on the beach back in the day? Fukn good times....

Crystal Clear

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SurferSam commented Friday, 12 Jun 2020 at 2:06pm

Well I think a bit of 4x4 ing on the beach is far less harmful then the sewerage farm built in the same location to accomodate the rich locals of gnarabup. Biggest eyesore and stench ever and it’s right on the beach. Now those same locals don’t like a hotel being built in the same spot as their house and shit farm. And yes quite a few reside in Perth and have a holiday home there. Can’t blame em I’d be upset if my view was going to be interrupted too

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Rabbits68 commented Friday, 12 Jun 2020 at 5:48pm

Sam, even if the local Gnarabup residents are protesting this development, they would obviously be an absolute minority in terms of numbers. I would suggest the vast majority of people protesting would not even be considered to be wealthy. Developers don’t build 5-star resorts relying on poor to middle class punters booking in on a regular basis. If the MR Shire & state government think MR needs a 5-star resort, why not build it closer to Town & not on a very sensitive section of Coast that is already under great pressure environmentally.

Crystal Clear

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SurferSam commented Friday, 12 Jun 2020 at 10:24pm

Agree with you on most of that. I guess I miss the margs of old. It used to be a surfers town, these days it feels full of richies from Cottesloe who have a holiday home gnarabup.

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mikehunt207 commented Friday, 12 Jun 2020 at 10:57pm

This development will effect way more surfers and locals than the small handful of people on top of of the hill and Pt Maramaduke dve fellas, most surfers in Margs work for a living like yourselves and so that justification for building a big fuck off hotel on the headland is fucked , go look around the world and see for yourselves. The South west is still country , "keep the country country " as they say on the north shore, there is plenty of 5 Star Resorts out there if thats your desire , fuck off to one of them rather than building more of these ... BTW the rest of the panorama is mountains,waterfalls and beach
https://www.sfgate.com/chris-mcginnis/article/Marriott-Rewards-loses-a-p...
This is the view from eyesore rich paradise resort
https://www.orbitz.com/Princeville-Hotels-Spectacular-Oceanfront-View-At...
Pretty much the main reason for this being approved was ultra rich Chinese tourists didnt rate Margaret River as a destination as the was no "5Star Luxury" accomadation, scummy little place so the state Gov panders to this mindset and here we go.

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Kellya commented Saturday, 13 Jun 2020 at 10:47am

We all get the NIMBY attitude when ‘your’ special bit of Coast is getting developed. I went full NIMBY when the coast where I live was further developed. Progress and development of the Margs region is going to happen. I can guarantee that the residents and surfers won’t end up too much worse off. The Government will not want to destroy the ‘country’ vibe, even if we all know those glory days are in the past.

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Rabbits68 commented Saturday, 13 Jun 2020 at 4:11pm

Kellya, for me personally it’s not about nimbyism. Firstly Gnarabup isn’t in my backyard (although I wish it was). Secondly, I’m not even against development/progress when done sensibly & constructively . However in this instance, there would be plenty of alternative locations around MR to build a 5-star resort that would not impact the environment (both physically & visually) nearly as detrimentally as this specific location. That’s all....

Crystal Clear

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Kellya commented Sunday, 14 Jun 2020 at 1:22pm

I wish I had a holiday house there! I am confident (I hope) that the government and developers do this sensitively. I reckon it will be done sustainably and will match the natural beauty of the area more than the mansions on the hill.

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Blowin commented Sunday, 14 Jun 2020 at 3:32pm

The sustainable 5 star resort for international jet setters built on undisturbed native wildlife habitat.

Sure , why not ?

And I want a car I can drive to the moon.

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Kellya commented Sunday, 14 Jun 2020 at 5:06pm

If the moon landing did actually happen we should be able to go for a quick trip up there by now.

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Kellya commented Friday, 12 Jun 2020 at 12:10pm

Was my initial thought as well. Does smell a bit NIMBY. The loudest voices will be those with multi-storey holiday homes who drive down from Peppy Grove every few weeks.

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fitzfoo61 commented Sunday, 14 Jun 2020 at 11:02pm

As much as I hate this shit, is nobody gonna mention downtown Subiaco that has invaded that local area.Before you all start moaning have a good look in your own backyard, Its disgustaville what exists down there...So corporate is going to destroy the very paradise you all destroyed......Karma is a bitch isn’t it.....Oh the years of early Boodj when few knew and you told no one...The days of emptiness, just you and a mate....Subdivision went on sale ‘96 from memory,knew what it would become....Don’t mention the shit farm...

Foodini

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Eugene Green commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 10:53pm

The surf’s already a shit fight,
carparks are maxed out,
human shit and tp scattered everywhere, dangerous/ignorant/inexperienced driving (and fucking cyclists) on caves road.
The joint is already cooked. Enough please.
That hotel design in that location is a disgrace.
There will be very few jobs for locals.
Not many days of the year that would be very pleasant round the pool. Either too cold or too windy 90% of the time.

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quokka commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 11:46pm

Dunsborough/Yallingup/Smiths have already been ruined royally by the same types that are going to ruin Margies, even further than it already has been. I grew up holidaying with my grandparents who lived in Dunsborough and watched it change from a sleepy little town to the shit show it is today and Margies is heading the same way...this will be one more major nail in that coffin. It’s an absolute disgrace.

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willburb commented Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 at 11:53pm

I have just finished writing a scathing email to my landlord and would love to keep it going with alot of what is written above. Being completely inexpperienced in these matters, what is the most effective way to voice an opinion on this? who should get letters? anything else I can/should be doing?

If the powers that be believe WA need a 5star hotel to draw in the super rich why not put it up the road in fancy winery. The coastal ridges of the cape to cape have resisted development this long why does a big timer get to come in with big numbers and sugar hit construction jobs and fuck it all up. Short sightedness and greed.

I actually think there is very good buisiness case behind hidering develpment in areas like MR. So many beautifil coastal places in the world overcrouded and overdeveloped. Places like the SW are a rare breed. and rare things get valuable. doesnt mean you need sell the crown jewl to profit. People come to see trees, blue water, waves and coastal landscapes, you can overpay for ***** anywhere in the world.

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soggydog commented Saturday, 13 Jun 2020 at 11:00am

With the Chinese giving travel warnings to Australia, there’s no need for a 5 star resort.

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Mr.Tee on a lon... commented Sunday, 14 Jun 2020 at 3:13pm

"Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone ?, They paved paradise and put up a parking lot".

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ringmaster commented Sunday, 14 Jun 2020 at 4:53pm

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PR56 commented Tuesday, 16 Jun 2020 at 6:13am

TBB & Hayden.
The plan identifies the land as T2 - the index on the plan omits T2. Any idea why?
Any comment or consent from the Elders of the local indigenous peoples & custodians of the lands - Bibbulmun - they were openly split on any developments on these lands - with a possible selective approach to consulting with them some 25 years ago.
The Owner/Developer group attempts to push development on the western side of Wallcliffe Rd suffered setbacks about 25 years ago - much of the vocal opposition were long established local people & environmental groups. May not matter much as they were in the area & the beginning of the end. There were numerous objections raised & not confined to environmental issues - some of the Bibbulmun people objected but some didn’t. Am curious if you know of: has the waste treatment plant near Gas Bay been extended or improved in past 20 years (it regularly overflowed & was inadequate for the population); when was ownership of the lands transferred from Hohnen group - and with any conditions; the commercial value of the proposed developments was said to be less than desirable - that was mostly for the land where a gold course is loosely suggested - something like 128 units only but 145 or more in designs - did that include this particular land (I thought it didn’t); any word recently from Bibbilmun peoples. Oh so much more.
Appreciate your work. Ta muchly.

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 17 Jun 2020 at 12:38am

PR56...very good question...tbb overthunk that...are we all crazy now?

It is a Council "Reference Number" that corresponds to [ Key Tourist Site No. 2 ]
There are 1-16 Tourist Sites on Region's Maps...This one being [ No. 2 ] *see below

# These Docs are now stocked in the Library...(Must read Papers for this Tourist site)

[Local Planning Scheme No 1]...( Access is by search Title only ) Well worth it!
https://www.google.com/search?ei=O8ToXsj9OI6Z4-EPyuC0iA0&q=Shire+of+Augu...

Local Planning Strategy (Part 1) Good Resource!
https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/getmedia/749f6d97-c02b-4aa4-a514-641a358e819b...

Local Planning Strategy (Part 2) also titled "Part 5 Key Tourism Sites"
[ IMPORTANT ] Paper deals specifically with this site...must read!

(*Mystery Solved)
(*Key Tourism Site 2) Lots 501/2/4 Reef Drive & Lot 503 Seagrass Place Gnarabup.
https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/getmedia/6a95e5ce-b13f-45e8-8e94-2240eec424be...

Crew please thank PR56 for pushing tbb to dig out the planning tools! (All even now!)