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False claims cloud Smiths Beach debate

20 June 2007

Letter by Frank Gaschk in the Busselton~Dunsborough Mail

IT IS noted that in a recent advertisement for the Smiths Point development at Smiths Beach that a brief history of the plan was presented. Parts of the information are misleading.

In the same edition of the Mail, Bob McKay, chairman of the Smiths Beach Action Group (Let's deal with the facts 13/6/07), clearly outlines some history of the Smiths Beach development and the inconsistency between the draft planning policy, a shire steering committee's advice and the published document that has lead to the inappropriate, large development plans for Smiths Beach.

The developer's brief history skips over 3000 submissions opposing the massive development plan in 2000, spinning it as, "Following feedback a new design response is pursued".

There are erroneous claims of "extensive community consultation" and that the developer's large town development is a method to "protect South West beaches from overdevelopment", when it is exactly the type of overdevelopment that threatens these special coastal places.

In a clear debate false claims and attempts at history writing cannot go unchallenged. Readers are encouraged to view the developer's advertising in balance with a community's point of view presented in opinion letters and on to synthesise their own points for a public submission on development at Smiths Beach.

Copyright 2007 by Rural Press Ltd. This report is for information only in order to inform readers about this report. 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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