FOR personal attacks, Paul Marek (Melville Times, September 5) need look no further than his own letter, that of Nathan Marr and the words of Andrew Ross.
Name-calling (nimby), ageism (60+) and point scoring can never constitute a reasoned argument.
They simply point to the weakness of the wave park proponent’s case.
Placing a wave park on Tompkins Park can never be justified, as many expert witnesses have testified.
Mr Ross also informs us that there were only 192 people at the protest walk.
Your drone misled you, Mr Ross. You would have got a more accurate count had you stood in the open and counted us as we walked by; after all, we live in a democracy. MARGO WARBURTON, Palmyra
The developments were approved by the Development Assessment Panel, demonstrating that this is not a clear-cut issue.
There is a difference of opinion about what constitutes a storey, my view being that a mezzanine does not constitute a storey and the view of others being that it does.
Whilst our opinions differ, I acknowledge that there needs to be further clarity in the Canning Bridge Structure Plan around the definition of mezzanine, and that is why I moved a notice of motion at the May ordinary meeting of council requesting staff explore a potential definition of mezzanine for inclusion in the plan.
The motion was supported unanimously by the council.
It should be noted that the definition of mezzanine in the Building Codes of Australia is for the purposes of calculating the fire rating requirements for a building, not for the purpose of calculating the overall height, and is therefore not applied in the context of the Canning Bridge Structure Plan.
It is not well understood that the role of the councillor on Development Assessment Panels is not to represent residents but to interpret and apply the relevant planning guidelines.
As unpalatable as that may be, it is the way the State Government has decided the panels will function.
The comments made here are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of the City of Melville. COUNCILLOR NICOLE FOXTON, City of Melville