Melville Times - - Opinion -

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

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