Choose wisely on Lake Vancouver

The pristine surroundings at Goode Beach.

Greens (WA) MLC for the South West, Diane Evers, is hopeful the West Australian Planning Commission will prioritise ecological and sustainability factors when deciding on whether to approve a proposal to develop holiday apartments beside Lake Vancouver at Goode Beach near Albany.

The plan for a five-star resort ­– accommodating up to 120 people, including a cafe, function centre and pool — was recently passed by the City of Albany council, bringing the facility a step closer to reality despite much local opposition.

Ms Evers said the proposal was accepted despite a petition signed by 911 local residents who objected to the plan. The council also received about 270 submissions which did not favour the facility.

She said the WAPC must hold an exhaustive investigation into the environmental, social and fiscal risks that the development could pose to such a pristine area.

She highlighted a damning statement from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, which said: “For the proponents of this development to state that they will plan and manage for a 50-year sea level rise is negligent to future owners and investors in the property as well as local and state government authorities that may be expected to protect the infrastructure from erosion”.

“The resort will permanently change something unique and beautiful, so it warrants comprehensive scrutiny,” she said.

There is no time frame for the WAPC decision, which could take years.