Lo­cals force the is­sues

Melville Times - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

THREE of the big­gest is­sues in the City of Melville will take cen­tre stage at a spe­cial meet­ing of elec­tors at All Saints Col­lege on Au­gust 20.

A re­quest signed by 135 elec­tors will re­sult in the Can­ning Bridge Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre Plan (CBACP), the coun­cil’s man­ag­ing un­rea­son­able con­duct pol­icy and Melville Bowl­ing Club be­ing dis­cussed.

Swan Fore­shore Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Clive Ross put for­ward the pe­ti­tion, de­ter­mined to let the City know how res­i­dents felt about the is­sues.

“The rea­son for the meet­ings is to con­vey to the coun­cil that res­i­dents want to be lis­tened to,” he said.

“There’s no other op­tion than to raise the is­sues with the coun­cil. The mo­tions that will be put for­ward are still be­ing worked through.”

The is­sues raised about the CBACP re­late to the lack of max­i­mum height lim­its and the po­ten­tial loss of street trees.

The City has pro­posed changes mainly to the H4 zone, which is an area that allows for four-storey de­vel­op­ments, with the com­mu­nity to be con­sulted dur­ing this month.

Height caps in the 10 and 15-storey ar­eas, in which de­vel­op­ments can go higher if they demon­strate com­mu­nity ben­e­fits, have also been floated for the fu­ture.

The un­rea­son­able con­duct pol­icy has raised some crit­i­cism from res­i­dents, with the City of Melville Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion la­belling its adop­tion as pre­ma­ture, ahead of the re­sult of the De­part­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries’ in­quiry into the City.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive at the time the pol­icy was ap­proved was Shayne Sil­cox, who said the pro­posed pol­icy fo­cused on un­rea­son­able con­duct and the im­pact of that be­hav­iour, rather than a per­son or their mo­ti­va­tion.

The last is­sue that will be dis­cussed is whether the City pro­poses to ful­fil its pre­con­di­tion in the lease agree­ment for the Melville Bowl­ing Club to va­cate the current site by Oc­to­ber 2018.

Elec­tors will seek to find out whether there will be a de­ci­sion to seek an ex­ten­sion of time that will be brought be­fore coun­cil.

The pro­posed wave park in Al­fred Cove is planned to be placed on the current bowls site, with the club moved to an­other site at Tomp­kins Park.

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