The State Environment Minister has approved the controversial Smiths Beach development, albeit in a slightly reduced form to allow for an extension to the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The EPA originally said the proposed development was unacceptable and a smaller area should be developed instead. This was appealed by the developer Canal Rocks, and also by the Conservation Council of WA. The appeal has now been decided, with the Environment Minister Donna Faragher seeming to agree with the developer to comply with an amended SAT plan, which proposes a larger area than that recommended by the EPA. Using the usual buzz words including ‘public open space’ and ‘balanced outcome’, it seems the EPA have been largely ignored and the developer allowed to build over a beautiful pristine site. Shame. Check out the EPA’s recommendation here, which still shows quite a substantial development. I can’t find the SAT’s recommendations on-line to compare – let me know if you can.