Save the Lake @ Goode Beach (Albany, Western Australia)

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Lake Vancouver is one of a small number of freshwater wetlands in the Albany area and is in near pristine condition. Located only 200 metres back from Goode Beach, the lake and surrounding wetlands are protected from the ocean by a series of coastal dunes. Developers propose to build a tourist resort comprising over 50 holiday units as well as a function centre and restaurant between the lake and the beach. The proposal involves substantial clearing of native vegetation, flattening of the coastal dunes in close proximity to the lake at a point especially vulnerable to storm surges, and development of a road through the wetlands, threatening several animals and plants of conservation significance (see linked video). The proposal will also compromise important historical and Aboriginal cultural heritage areas, and increase risks associated with safe evacuation from wildfires threatening Goode Beach.

We call on the City of Albany and the WA State Government to oppose Local Structure Plan 9 Goode Beach for the (Ahola) tourist resort development on Lot 660 La Perouse Road, Goode Beach, Albany, Western Australia.