City seeks your say on bridge area plan

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Canning Bridge - Su­sanne Reilly

THE City of South Perth has re­leased its lat­est plan for the Can­ning Bridge precinct and is seek­ing pub­lic com­ment.

The City will present an in­for­ma­tion dis­play at the Can­ning Bridge Li­brary Lounge on Novem­ber 8 from 1-4pm.

Cre­ated to guide the de­vel­op­ment of the Can­ning Bridge area, the Struc­ture Plan is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the ci­ties of South Perth and Melville and is the next step in im­ple­ment­ing a vi­sion for the precinct, first an­nounced in 2011.

“On the day, pro­fes­sion­als in­volved in the prepa­ra­tion of the plan for both lo­cal gov­ern­ments will be avail­able to an­swer ques­tions from the com­mu­nity,” City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said.

“The de­vel­op­ment of the Struc­ture Plan from the orig­i­nal Precinct Vi­sion has been very com­plex.

“It in­volved test­ing and de­tailed stud­ies of var­i­ous ur­ban as­pects, such as trans­port, de­sign, in­fra­struc­ture, ser­vices ca­pac­ity, en­vi­ron­ment and her­itage of the area.”

South Perth MLA John McGrath has wel­comed com­ments from the State’s lead­ing plan­ners.

Some of the State’s lead­ing plan­ners have ex­pressed views that high-rise tow­ers should be placed along ma­jor trans­port routes and not de­stroy the fab­ric of es­tab­lished sub­urbs.

He said the com­ments should be kept in mind when mak­ing de­ci­sions about the pro­posed tran­sit-ori­ented de­vel­op­ment at Can­ning Bridge.

“I can un­der­stand con­cern over Perth’s ur­ban sprawl be­ing un­sus­tain­able and the need to cater for some of the City’s fu­ture growth through higher den­sity in­fill de­vel­op­ment,” Mr McGrath said. “I have even sup­ported the con­cept of in­creas­ing den­si­ties in parts of my elec­torate of South Perth, es­pe­cially in the Mill Point precinct and along ma­jor trans­port routes such as Can- ning High­way.

“How­ever, with re­gard to the pro­posed Can­ning Bridge precinct de­vel­op­ment, I have not been sup­port­ive of dis­rupt­ing vi­able res­i­den­tial ar­eas, where the lo­cal peo­ple gen­er­ally wish to main­tain their cur­rent life­styles.

The ci­ties of South Perth and Melville are seek­ing feed­back from com­mu­ni­ties on the Struc­ture Plan.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the City’s web­site, email en­quiries@south­perth. wa.gov.au, or call the City on 9474 0777.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Can­ning Bridge Struc­ture Plan.

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