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Canal Rocks accuses Smiths Beach opponents
of scaremongering

11 October 2005

Suellen Gerrard, The West Australian

Debate over a $330 million tourism and residential development proposed for Smiths Beach, near Yallingup, is intensifying with Canal Rocks Pty Ltd accusing its main opponents of scaremongering and having a conflict of interest.

Canal Rocks spokesman Allan Tranter said critics had misrepresented the size of the development and incorrectly claimed water supplies would be threatened. He also noted that leading critic Kevin Merifield had his own development just kilometres from Smiths Beach.

But Mr Merifield said it was laughable to view the development of his familyís 100ha Millbrook farm, 4.5km inland from Smiths Beach as competition. Forty rural residential blocks were sold nearly two years ago and there were plans for 35 strata lots. He said that was hardly competition for the Smiths Beach proposal, which included 114 residential lots and a 100-room hotel over an area 40 per cent the size of Millbrook.

The Smiths Beach Action Groupís Laurie Schlueter denied the group had raised water as an issue or compared the proposed development with the Gold Coast, saying the group only used information provided by Canals Rocks in discussions.

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