Amend­ment spells disas­ter: Coun­cil

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Kaylee Martin

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.”

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