Report from meeting 29 March 2011

At a meeting on 29 March attended by 30 residents, including more than half of those who lost their homes, it was unanimously agreed that we should continue the fight for a fair go.
Lake Clifton has been treated very unequally and we believe unfairly by the bureaucratic process which sets a dollar figure on natural disasters. It seems ludicrous to us that people in identical situations in other parts of WA and Australia are getting financial support that is not available to our people.
We know it will be a long fight – perhaps as long as two years, but we will fight!!
A petition is being organised and will be circulated around the district very soon.
Lots of people at the meeting are going to write to their MPs and the Premier who has said that it does seem unfair but has not moved to help us. The more people who write, the bigger the impact so even if you could not attend the meeting, please join in and send a letter. If you want suggestions on how to write such a letter, leave a comment on this site or call Tracey.
We are still trying to get some definitive information on what has and has not been included in the calculation of costs and will try every possible legal avenue to get this information.
Watch this site for news and be prepared for the long haul.
A fair go is all we are asking.

Island Point Cleanup

The Clean up Australia for Island Point will be held this coming Saturday – March 12, from 8.30am. Meet at the picnica area. Please wear closed in shoes and bush protective clothing, bring along drinking water.

There will be a BBQ at the completion of the morning.

The monthly meeting of Friends of Island Point will be held Wednesday 16, commencing 7.30pm at the Bouvard Sport & Recreation Centre. They are looking for ideas on Island Point and everyone is welcome.

Quarry – Lot 5 Old Coast Road

We have learned today that a clearing permit has been issued for this project. On top of the fires, the dry winter and hot summer, this is just another blow to the local environment. Apart from the dust, noise and nuisance value, there is a risk to the lake and a further reduction in habitat for wildlife.

There will be a public meeting at the hall at 7 pm this Thursday 10th March to try to formulate an objection – we only have until 21 March!

Please come along and support the community.

Good news – Old Bunbury Rd site being rehabilitated

For the past few days we have been woken very early by a bulldozer working in the area on Old Bunbury Road near Old Coast Road that has been an eyesore for years. Today I found out what is happening.

Southern Gateway Alliance (SGA) who built the Forrest Highway are rehabilitating the area. This is one of the things they were asked to do to partially compensate for the areas that they cleared during the construction work.

They have stripped the top soil and are in the process of digging out hundreds of tonnes of limestone. These will be mixed together and replaced to form a friable soil for new trees. The old top soil is contaminated with weeds so it will be buried and the whole area then covered with clean top soil which will be planted with local natives.

They will also remove the rubbish that has been dumped along trails in the area and then the area is to be fenced to keep out the misguided people who think it is a rubbish tip or a race track and to allow the tiny trees to grow.

You may know that there was an application to mine limestone in this area a few years ago. We fought that in the Warden’s court where we lost the battle but eventually we won the war through the political process and the mining lease was refused.

It has taken a long time but finally we will have an area to be proud of!!

Thank you SGA – we will not complain about being woken a bit early while you are doing such a great job!!