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Anger over change to
Smiths Beach development policy

15 Dec 2000

By Steve Butler The West Australian

A decision to change a development policy at Smiths Beach after a public consultation period closed has angered opponents of a proposal at the South-West getaway.

A 1997 draft of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge Statement of Planning Policy made provisions for a development to include a target short-stay population of fewer than 500 people.

After getting nearly 1000 public submissions, including one from development proponents, Canal Rocks, the WA Planning Commission amended the figure to up to 500 permanent residents. The gazetted 1998 policy also allowed provisions for a further 460 tourist dwellings.

Yallingup resident Kevin Merifield said the commission had not done enough to make the community aware of the changes.

Mr Merifield, who initially with Perth businessman Kerry Stokes pioneered WA shopping centre development, said the community was disappointed with the level of public consultation in regards to the proposal.

Shire chief executive Michael Swift said the size of the proposed development had not changed radically. The final plans would be released next week for a six-week public comment period.

Copyright 2000 by West Australian Newspapers Ltd. This report is for information only. No charge for such use is made and the material is not being used for commercial purposes. The text has not been modified from the original report.

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