The Preserve Gnarabup campaign against a proposed five-star resort and associated village development went all the way to the steps of Parliament this week. With the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River council scrutinising the group’s scheme amendment in a briefing session this week, ahead of a decision on December 9, the protest group has sought State Government support for its fight. A question mark hung over whether Labor — which fronted a press conference at Gnarabup earlier this year to unveil the resort plans on behalf of developer Luke Saraceni — was likely to back the group’s campaign, but South West Greens MLC Diane Evers presented a petition to WA’s Parliament on Tuesday. The group believes $5.5 million will be needed to compensate the developer if the scheme amendment rezoning the lands to nature reserve succeeds next month — despite offering the chance this week not to include the resort site in the change. The development itself was slated for direct State Government assessment as a multimillion-dollar project of State significance. Protest group spokeswoman Beth Carlessi said if the council bid failed, the campaign would continue into next year. “We will continue to lobby the Shire and State Government to not approve development on Gnarabup headland,” she said. “We will continue to do whatever we can to preserve our coastline in its natural state.” The petition lodged this week carried about 1000 signatures and was backed by more than 20,000 people who signed online. The petition asks for a parliamentary inquiry into the development after the March State election. Ms Evers said Margaret River’s natural environment should be protected. “Margaret River is a world-renowned destination, not for its hotel developments but for its pristine coastal environment and natural landscape,” she said. “The impact of this town precinct development, with a multinational conglomerate at the centre of the plans, would significantly erode the natural environment and affect existing tourism businesses working hard to succeed in the region.” Preserve Gnarabup asked residents to continue pledging funds to reach a $100,000 goal as part of the proposed buy-back.