Planners under fire
MORE than 200 South Perth residents attended a special electors meeting held at South Perth’s Community Hall last Wednesday night to address concerns raised last month about a proposed 29-storey development at 79 Mill Point Road.
The residents’ concerns include the removal of trees, blocking views of Kings Park, the shadow cast by the building, increased traffic on Mill Point Road and issues with the water table.
The City of South Perth called the meeting after it received a petition from residents concerned about the pro- posed development.
The gathering heard from three speakers and residents of the southern Perth area, including Associate Law Professor Kate Lewis, town planning consultant Mike Allen and Mill Point Road resident Vicki Redden.
Five motions were put forward during the meeting and were voted in favour of by the majority of residents in attendance.
The motions include removing Mill Point peninsula from the South Perth station precinct and an initiation of a local planning strategy.
One of the motions passed was a no confidence motion in the ability of the City’s planners to determine whether a development application met the performance criteria under schedule nine of the town planning scheme. The resident’s group said this underlined the urgent need for a local planning strategy.
South Perth chief executive Cliff Frewing objected when members of the audience criticised the City’s town planners.
Mayor Sue Doherty brought residents to order after they heckled Mr Frewing.
The council will table the matter next month.
A resident’s impression of the height of the proposed Mill Point Road development.