Fears that Dunsborough’s “coastal holiday vibe” would be lost if the State Government does not support locals in winding back permissions for six-story buildings in the town centre. Vasse MLA Libby Mettam has argued the case for keeping the future building heights low in new correspondence with the State’s new Planning Minister, John Carey. MR Carey took over the portfolio last month from Rita Saffioti during a Cabinet reshuffle heralded by the elevation of Roger Cook to Premier. The Perth MP is now set to rule on the City of Busselton’s contentious Amendment 52 which aims to reel back permissions for six-storey buildings in the Dunsborough town centre allowed in the City’s planning scheme. The City, Ms Mettam and a raft of local stakeholders wanted the amendment passed to protect the township’s character and tourism future. “Following the Cook Government’s cabinet changes, I have now written to new Minister for Planning John Carey, to draw his attention to this important local issue,” Ms Mettam told the Times. “As I understand, the WA Planning Commission recommendation to the Minister is imminent. “According to the former minister, planning controls, including building height and massing (bulk and scale), local character, public amenity, and the planning context applicable to Dunsborough will be considered in the minister’s final determination of the amendment.” The decision was also expected to see WAPC’s finalisation of the related Dunsborough Precinct Structure Plan – a key guide for the township’s future growth. Responding to inquiries, a State Government spokesperson on behalf of Mr Carey said the key amendment was now under assessment by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. “Their recommendation will be considered by the WA Planning Commission prior to being forwarded to the Minister for final determination,” they said. “The amendment is likely to be considered by the Statutory Planning Committee of the WAPC in the coming months.” The spokesperson also said a decision on the Dunsborough precinct plan would be “withheld” until the verdict on Amendment 52. Dunsborough-Yallingup Chamber of Commerce and the Margaret River-Busselton Tourism Association co-ordinated a well-attended public rally to support Amendment 52 in April. Chamber president Greg Milner said without height restrictions, Dunsborough’s future as a destination was in trouble. “We want to preserve our town and keep its coastal holiday vibe, for which it is known and loved,” he said. Ms Mettam said she was hoping for a decision in the community’s favour given the strong concerns of leading local groups.