The Water Corporation has conceded its Gnarabup wastewater facility will not be able to cope with the expanded population at a planned luxury resort and housing development, set to leave taxpayers footing the bill for a new system.
Do tourists visiting Margaret River’s stunning town beach Gnarabup and the family friendly surf breaks of Grunters, Gas Bay and Sewers know of the existence of what locals call a “poo farm”, which releases liquid waste just metres from the surging waves of the ocean?
The Preserve Gnarabup group has called on the State government and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to close the Gnarabup wastewater treatment plant after a report found the plant is leaking contaminates.
The Preserve Gnarabup protest group could surrender its fight to block a resort proposed for the coastline after the volunteer lawyer behind its proposed scheme amendment flagged a compromise to Shire of Augusta-Margaret River councillors this week.
Preserve Gnarabup has welcomed news that the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River will spend another $300,000 on new coastal access infrastructure at Gnarabup and Prevelly to fight the effects of rising sea levels.
Critics of a proposed beachfront development at Margaret River are in a dispute with the developer over where the shoreline will sit in 100 years time, with opponents claiming some houses could end up underwater.