Cast­ing vote moves vi­sion ahead

PUB­LIC COM­MENT SOUGHT ON DE­VEL­OP­MENT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly

CITY of Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks used his cast­ing vote at last week’s coun­cil meet­ing to en­dorse the De­vel­op­ment Area 6 (DA6) Vi­sion Plan to go out for pub­lic ad­ver­tis­ing.

DA6 is an area of 174ha around Perth Air­port and Red­cliffe which had been iden­ti­fied as a suit­able lo­ca­tion for re­de­vel­op­ment to medium to high res­i­den­tial build­ings as well as mixed-use build­ings.

A re­de­vel­op­ment would in­clude the clo- sure of Brear­ley Av­enue and the de­vel­op­ment of a train sta­tion.

At the agenda brief­ing on Oc­to­ber 20, two Cool­gar­die Street res­i­dents pre­sented dep­u­ta­tions say­ing they did not want Brear­ley Av­enue to close un­til the Cool­gar­die Street and Great East­ern High­way in­ter­sec­tion was up­graded.

How­ever, as the in­ter­sec­tion is not a lo­cal road, re­spon­si­bil­ity for any up- grade lies with the State Gov­ern­ment.

At the coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lor Margie Bass fore­shad­owed the re­port be de­ferred un­til fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was pro­vided to res­i­dents re­gard­ing their con­cerns.

Cr Lau­ren Cay­oun agreed and said the vi­sion was not ready for pub­lic ad­ver­tis­ing.

Cr Janet Pow­ell said it was im­por- tant to keep the plan mov­ing for­ward.

How­ever, the City’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity and statu­tory ser­vice Neville Deague said de­fer­ment would mean com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion and open days al­ready planned would have to be can­celled, which would de­lay the process.

Four coun­cil­lors voted to en­dorse the ad­ver­tis­ing pe­riod and four voted against.

Cr Marks used his cast­ing vote to en­dorse the vi­sion. The City will ad­ver­tise the plan for 42 days, dou­ble the min­i­mum re­quired pe­riod of 21 days.

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