Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    Coastal development sustainability the focus of Sydney trip

    12/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Gracetown could be the centrepiece of leading edge sustainable development, following a visit to Sydney by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Augusta-Margaret-River Shire President Stephen Harrison.

    “Gracetown has no reticulated water or sewage services, a single access road and a power supply which needs upgrading,“ Ms MacTiernan said.

    “Our visit to Sydney was an opportunity to examine some innovative water and sewerage systems which are saving money and producing better environmental outcomes.

    “Technologies such as third pipe systems, total water and sewerage recycling systems can provide much-needed water and sewerage service efficiently and cost-effectively for the local community.”

    The Minister said Gracetown could become a landmark sustainable development that incorporated the latest in water and sewage technology.

    In terms of energy solutions, Ms MacTiernan said photovoltaic panels would come under consideration, as Gracetown would have holiday seasonal energy demands consistent with delivery capacity of solar energy.

    The sustainable development concept follows plans to create a limited tourist and residential development at Gracetown, together with significant infrastructure improvements and additions to the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

    “Sustainability and development must go hand-in-hand,“ the Minister said.

    The water and sewerage recycling facilities visited in Sydney included the ‘Sustainable House’, an inner-city terrace home, Sydney Olympic Park and Rouse Hill in outer Sydney.

    "The shire president and I are both keen to organise a community seminar where the sustainable technology options can be showcased and discussed,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    “We are committed to improving local services and protecting the area’s unique lifestyle.”

    Cr Harrison said the shire would work closely with the Gracetown community, LandCorp and the State Government to ensure recently announced plans for increased residential and tourism development were delivered in a sustainable manner. The proven technologies seen working in NSW would be a major part of this.

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