Amendment spells disaster: Council
AMENDMENT 46 to the City of South Perth’s town planning scheme poses risks to Perth’s entire public transport system, according to the Property Council of Australia.
The council wrote to the City of South Perth last week to reject the amendment.
Property Council executive director Joe Lenzo said the amendment would risk the future possibility of the South Perth train station and threaten Perth’s wider public transport system.
“The viability of a South Perth train station is based on a number of people in the station’s catchment area; without medium to high density develop- ments in South Perth, the population won’t be anywhere near enough to warrant a train station,” Mr Lenzo said.
“This amendment will have an economic impact for South Perth through the significant reduction of people living, shopping and contributing to the city’s rate income.”
Mr Lenzo also said over 8000 jobs would be in jeopardy if Amendment 46 was adopted.
“The removal of 16 per cent of the developable land would threaten more than $240 million in direct construction investment, costing an estimated 8000 direct and indirect jobs,” he said.
“The adoption of Amendment 46 will send a negative message that South Perth is not open for business and will be a blow to ex- isting businesses and a red flag to potential investors.”
But City of South Perth CEO Geoff Glass said it was the City’s intention to ensure the fate of the South Perth station precinct would not be impacted.
“The City recognises that future development will assist in building the case for the train station and will consider this in its final adoption of Amendment 46,” he said.
“The station precinct is planned to become a vibrant business location with a rich choice of employment.”
Mr Glass said the City was working on strategies to ensure development of additional dwellings would meet targets, regardless of the potential reduced developable land in South Perth. “The proposals will ensure future development of additional dwellings in activity centres” he said.
“These areas include the Canning Bridge and Bentley-Curtin precincts,
“And in areas of specific redevelopment need such as Waterford Triangle.
“Cygnia Cove adjacent to Clontarf College is also being developed together with the South Perth station precinct these areas will meet the targets.”
About 900 submissions were given to the City in regards to Amendment 46 before the February 5 deadline.
“Due to a very high volume of submissions received the City will take some time to assess and consider the submissions.”