A masterplan to guide the redevelopment and future management of Wedge and Grey - two coastal sites within 150km north of Perth - was released today by Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes.
The masterplan provides the framework for restoring and protecting the sites’ conservation values while providing for nature-based recreation and tourism.
“Wedge and Grey are very attractive beach locations set in an area important for nature conservation and recreation,” Mrs Edwardes said.
“The ‘Turquoise Coast’ area will attract many visitors in a few years once the coast road is constructed between Lancelin and Cervantes. These sites are set to become popular destinations for Western Australian families and tourists seeking a natural experience.”
The 500 or so squatter shacks that currently occupy Wedge and Grey are subject to State Government policy that requires the shacks to be removed after leases expire on 30 June 2001.
Extensive rehabilitation will then be undertaken and basic recreation facilities will be established for day-trippers and campers as indicated in the masterplan.
The masterplan also recommends that built accommodation be provided at both sites through the establishment of leasehold arrangements with commercial partners. The WA Tourism Commission is currently in the process of appointing consultants to conduct pre-feasibility studies. It is intended that Expressions of Interest will be called by the end of April and close by the end of May 2001. It is anticipated that a preferred developer would be selected by June.
Mrs Edwardes said a key part of the plan’s development was the involvement of the Wedge Island Protection Association and the Grey Community and Conservation Association.
The masterplan, produced by CALM with help from a group of stakeholders including representatives from the Wedge and Grey community associations, the Shire of Dandaragan and a number of Government agencies, incorporates comments received on the draft masterplan released in October 1999.
The plan was partly funded by Coastwest Coastcare.
Copies of the masterplan are available from CALM offices in Kensington, Wanneroo and Fremantle.
Steve Manchee (Minister) on 9421 7777
Sue Hancock (CALM) on 9921 5955