Industrial action coming
THE City of Kalamunda will hold extensive community consultation before it considers rezoning parts of the semi-rural suburb of Wattle Grove as industrial and urban.
Residents for and against the plan packed the council chambers on Tuesday night as councillors considered a report outlining options to begin detailed planning for the Wattle Grove South area.
Councillors unanimously supported continuing the next phase of planning, subject to community consultation on the land use options as part of the preparation of the draft district structure plan.
Long-time Wattle Grove resident Dick Lovegrove said he held a survey which showed the majority of residents supported urban and industrial expansion in the area.
“We surveyed residents last week and of the 84ha in the area bounded by Victoria, Brentwood, Crystal Brook and Tonkin Highway, 53ha supported industrial development, 2ha objected and 7ha were sitting on the fence,” he said.
“People need to face the fact that nothing in the world will stop Wattle Grove from being developed.”
John Ogilvie agreed it was unrealistic not to expect Wattle Grove would need to change to accommodate Perth’s growing population.
“Perth has a population of 2.5 million and is projected to grow by a further two million residents by 2046,” he said.
“We need a more intense population closer to the CBD, so it is totally unrealistic to think that given Wattle Grove’s proximity to the City that it can remain semi-rural.”
Wattle Grove resident Charles Dornan said he was shocked by the plan to industrialise the area.
“There is no unmet demand for industrial land, with realestate.com stating there are already 352 light industrial places for sale and many have been on the market for a long time. The industrial area near the primary school is almost completely dormant,” he said.
Bev Dornan said she was “appalled” the City did not directly inform ratepayers about the study.
“This is a huge issue that could permanently alter our lives and plans for the future and most people found out about it by accident, which is an indictment on council,” she said.
“Rightly or wrongly many of us think council was trying to slip this recommendation through without our knowledge.”
Director of planning Peter Varelis said the State Government’s North-East sub-regional planning framework recommended the potential rezoning of the area.