ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS
IT’S interesting to read the statements from candidates for the upcoming council elections and their promises to fix all our local woes.
We are asking candidates what they think they can actually do to prevent inappropriate over-development in the Peninsula area.
Councillors have very little say in building approvals.
Most of these are made by Joint Development Assessment Panels (JDAP), which have a majority of carefully selected independent experts.
We're also questioning candidates to show how South Perth would really benefit from a train station.
If getting a station was just about numbers of passengers, then it would already be built due to the thousands of Perth Zoo visitors.
At what point would the traffic have to be so gridlocked and chaotic as to warrant the decision to build a station?
If high-rise towers are being proposed and approved just to gain a station, how much pain and suffering does the whole of South Perth have to endure before that decision would be made?
Neither the Labor nor Liberal parties have it in their 20-year forecasts.
There will be no parking at the station. We're told the trains are full at peak times when they reach South Perth and the latest UWA research states less than 20 per cent per cent of those living near an inner city station actually use the train to commute.
Medium rise density could probably be accommodated with increased existing public transport, but the likes of 30, 40 or 50-storey residential towers will create chaos.
Be in no doubt. The latest proposal in Lyall Street would add 5km of bumper-to-bumper traffic in the area every day. VICKI REDDEN South Perth Peninsula Action Group