(no relation to Joe White), 14/09/05
out for vested interests
in Smiths Beach"
Does Joe White
(Letters, September 7) really think that David McKenzie, chairman
of Canal Rocks Pty Ltd, deserves to be applauded for his latest
Smiths Beach development vision and willingness to engage and listen
to the community?
If Mr White
is the real estate agent, I believe he could have a vested interest
in future sales and his opinions could well be prejudiced in favour
of the development, rendering his comments less credible.
It should be
remembered that it was public upset and outrage over the original
2001 development proposal put forward by Canal Rocks that forced
the need for community participation and scale reduction to take
place, not a benevolent act by Mr McKenzie deserving of praise.
Don't be impressed
by scale decrease from that of the 2001 belly-up proposal - be very
concerned about scale increase over strategy guidelines.
Pty Ltd's new plans for Smiths Beach presented to Busselton Shire
Council are a far cry from the original proposal that went belly-up
in the face of huge public outcry in 2001.
McKenzie should be applauded for his vision for a world-class development
and his willingness to engage and listen to the community.
The scale of
the project and the sensitive location demanded that all our concerns
about the impact of the project on the beach and on the surrounding
views be answered.
the size of the development and producing design concepts that fit
in with the area's environment, it appears that the developers have
tried very hard to deliver in these areas.
I am looking
to seeing the council release complete details of the plan so that
we can see for ourselves just how well they have done in this regard.