Lake skiing debated

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

The City of Albany will continue with the controversial process to allow waterskiing on the Lake Mullocullup despite calls to suspend work at a council meeting on Tuesday night.

Amid concerns from the public gallery, Cr Paul Terry introduced an alternative motion to suspend work to gazette Lake Mullocullup, which will allow the operation of speed boats, until a management plan consistent with the City’s natural reserves strategy has been completed.

Cr Terry introduced the motion stating concerns raised by petitions, including one tabled by Noongar elder Carol Petterson, had not been adequately addressed.

Cr Terry highlighted environmental concerns and said a management plan must address the effects motorised crafts would have on the lake before the gazettal process could continue.

The motion was lost 8-5 with councillors Terry, Anthony Moir, Ray Hammond, Bill Hollingworth and Tracy Sleeman voting for the motion.

Councillors originally voted to support the gazettal of Lake Mullocullop to allow the operation of speed boats at the August 22 meeting, subject to a number of conditions including consultation with the Noongar community.

Cr Greg Stocks voted against Cr Terry’s alternative motion and said the council had to be respectful of the decision made by council in August.

“To say we’re listening to the public is incorrect,” he said.

“We get accused of not doing Noongar consultation enough ... we need to follow process.”

However, City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe said the process to gazette the lake to allow for the use of motorised watercraft would be suspended until Noongar engagement consultation had been completed.

Mr Sharpe said the council would not condone skiing on Lake Mullocullup at this point.

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