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20 December 2006

Letter to the Editor, Pauline Clay, Busselton~Dunsborough Mail

My husband and I bought our block in 1975.

We were involved with workshops and seminars, which culminated in the 'Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge Planning Statement'.

Nigel Bancroft was part of that plan up until the draft was completed in 1995.

It is thought that Nigel left the district before the plan was published and gazetted in 1998.

The gazetted plan had been changed for the Smiths Beach development, and included a hotel and 500 permanent residents.

Who changed this document and by what authority?

The return of Nigel Bancroft was welcomed.

His ability and integrity, as stated by Adele Farina, are exemplary, and he is well aware of the fact that he is employed by the ratepayer and not the developer.

Rob Paull also needs to be commended for his stand for a fair go.

It is understood that over 3000 people supported a demonstration against the size of the development indicating to the councillors that there is a need to listen to the people and not the so-called big guys with money.

I urge you to please support the Smiths Beach Action Group, who speak for so many of us.

It is not the development that we object to, but the size.

The developer should abide by the original plan, "low key tourist development" as described in the draft LNR Planning Statement.

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