Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - OPINION -

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

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