Fu­ture of kilns clearer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

THE As­cot kilns have been a topic of dis­cus­sion in Bel­mont for sev­eral years but MLA Glenys God­frey be­lieves a pos­i­tive out­come is close.

A mi­nor amend­ment to the Metropoli­tan Re­gion Scheme for the site was re­cently re­leased for public com­ment. It will change small zon­ing anom­alies in the area to align them with present day land uses and fu­ture de­vel­op­ment.

Plan­ning Min­is­ter John Day said this was a step in plan­ning for the fu­ture of the site.

“A lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan is also be­ing pre­pared, which will pro­vide guid­ance on the man­age­ment and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the site’s dis­tinc­tive her­itage el­e­ments,” he said. “It will also look at how the kilns can be in­te­grated with fu­ture de­vel­op­ments.

Mrs God­frey said the amend­ment was progress and gave the lo­cal com­mu­nity a chance to have a say about the area.

East Metropoli­tan MLC Sa­man­tha Rowe said the kilns were his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant.

“The kilns are thought to be the largest of this kind in the South­ern Hemi­sphere,” she said. “If we ne­glect them, we will lose them for­ever.

“I sup­port Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Group’s call for the State Gov­ern­ment and City of Bel­mont to re­store the kilns and re­de­velop the area as a com­mu­nity as­set.”

The WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and City of Bel­mont are pre­par­ing a lo­cal struc­ture plan to guide land use and de­vel­op­ment out­comes for the broader Golden Gate­way precinct bounded by Great Eastern High­way, Res­o­lu­tion Drive, Grand­stand Road and Stone­ham Street.

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Carol Payne, Sa­man­tha Rowe, Robert Rossi, Glenys God­frey, Margie Bass, Sue Pethick and Jeremy Dun­nette.

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