Locals force the issues
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.