‘Sky­scraper’ battle looms


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

CON­CERN that South Perth will have “sky­scrapers ev­ery­where like New York City” has cre­ated heated de­bate be­tween res­i­dents and coun­cil.

Mill Point Road res­i­dents are tak­ing ac­tion against what they claim is lack of plan­ning by the City of South Perth in favour of de­vel­op­ers.

A group of more than 300 res­i­dents call­ing them­selves the ‘Save the South Perth Penin­sula’ group gath­ered out­side the site of the pro­posed 29-storey devel­op­ment at 74 Mill Point Road on April 11 to put their case against the devel­op­ment to City coun­cil­lors.

“The whole process has had pa­thetic com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion right from the start,” meet­ing or­gan­iser and lo­cal res­i­dent Terry Ho­gan said.

“We are not against devel­op­ment or the idea of ex­cit­ing new shops, we are up­set and an­gry with coun­cil staff throw­ing town plan­ning over to the de­vel­op­ers,” he said.

South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said the devel­op­ment was not a re­sult of poor plan­ning.

“Res­i­dents have had the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved and con­trib­ute to the amend­ment to the Town Plan­ning Scheme, cre­at­ing the South Perth Sta­tion Precinct through­out the en­tire plan­ning process,” she said.

“There has been a sig­nif­i­cant amount of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.”

Res­i­dents’ con­cerns in­clude the re­moval of trees, views of Kings Park be­ing blocked, in­creased traf­fic on Mill Point Road, the high wa­ter ta­ble and po­ten­tial dam­age to the Old Mill precinct.

“There is no vi­sion about what the area will look like in 100 years,” Mr Ho­gan said.

“Will we have sky­scrapers ev­ery­where, like New York City, on what is sup­posed to be an area of low-rise devel­op­ment, which was sup­posed to have a limit of eight-storey de­vel­op­ments to pre­serve a low pro­file coast­line?

“It is ad-hoc devel­op­ment with no mas­ter plan.”

The group will present a 300-sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion to the City.

South Perth MLA John McGrath said he would con­tinue to lis­ten to res­i­dent’s con­cerns and mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion at a state level.

South Perth coun­cil has called a spe­cial elec­tors meet­ing for 6pm on Wed­nes­day, May 6, to dis­cuss res­i­dents’ con­cerns about the is­sue.

A Mill Point Road res­i­dent's im­pres­sion of how the 29-storey devel­op­ment will im­pact the South Perth penin­sula and (inset) Mill Point Road res­i­dents voice their con­cerns about the pro­posed devel­op­ment at the Save the South Perth Penin­sula

public meet­ing on April 11.

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