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By Mike Atkinson | Drive Producer and Public Relations Officer

The rapid rise of popularity of our South West region is putting pressure on towns such as Dunsborough and Cowaramup.

In January hundreds of Dunsborough residents hit the streets to protest against a new 24-hour Puma Petrol Station, and residents of Vasse have been left fuming after a 24-hour McDonalds was built on the entrance of the town.

Puma2Go representative Trish Flower said residents have been vocal in their disapproval for the station.

“We want the judge at SAT to know the community of Dunsborough are really opposed to this, we hope he or she will consider the amenity of the town, the visual impact, the safety, traffic and that we’re wanting to create a pedestrian friendly community,” she said in a statement.

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Cowaramup residents are also battling against a similar 24 hour petrol station and Margaret River’s Organic Garden faces the chop because of a planned school campus expansion by the Education Department.

Actor Myles Pollard — a Dunsborough local — said developments should be thought through rather opting for short term revenue generators.

“Communities like Dunsborough or Margaret River or Nannup are such assets. People like the space, the small-town feel, how unique it is, all the things they don’t get in the city, which is mass produced, fast, commercial,” he said.

“You’re not going to avoid development or population growth but you can design a town with mid-term and long-term vision and in doing so you actually increase the value for everybody.”

Mr Pollard has been part of the Puma2go protests in Dunsborough.

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