High-rise ‘chaos’: Govt help needed

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

PROP­ERTY groups and res­i­dents have agreed it is time for the State Govern­ment to take con­trol of the South Perth high-rise de­vel­op­ment process.

The Supreme Court ruled to pause con­struc­tion on a high-rise de­vel­op­ment on Mill Point road af­ter find­ing it did not have the cor­rect ra­tio of com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial space.

The de­vel­op­ment was halted, pend­ing fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion from the Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP).

Prop­erty Coun­cil WA deputy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lino Ia­comella said it was con­cern­ing that the de­vel­op­ment had hit a wall.

“It’s par­tic­u­larly con­cern­ing that lo­cal mi­nor­ity in­ter­ests can stand in the way of the grow­ing mo­men­tum to cre­ate more ur­ban vi­tal­ity in Perth, par­tic­u­larly in in­ner-city ar­eas like South Perth,” he said. “This also has wider im­pli­ca­tions for the Perth plan­ning sys­tem.

“The Prop­erty Coun­cil is very con­cerned and will be rais­ing with the lo­cal au­thor­ity and state govern­ment as a pri­or­ity.”

Speak­ing with the South­ern Gazette in Fe­bru­ary fol­low­ing the Supreme Court rul­ing, Vicki Red­den, spokes­woman for res­i­dents group Save the South Perth Penin­sula said it was time for a higher au­thor­ity to step in.

“We want some­one like Colin Bar­nett to call a time out; we can’t keep go­ing with this type of chaos,” she said.

“The com­mu­nity doesn’t know what’s go­ing on, the de­vel­op­ers don’t know and the coun­cil just seems over­whelmed.”

But South Perth MLA John McGrath said now was not the time for State Govern­ment in­volve­ment.

“I’ll be dis­cussing the mat­ter with the Plan­ning Min­is­ter and the Mayor of South Perth, but I think it is too early to call the State Govern­ment to step in; pro­cesses have to be fol­lowed,” he said.

“The Supreme Court has basi- cally sent the mat­ter back to the JDAP, we should wait to see what hap­pens.”

Mr McGrath – who has ral­lied to re­open the Coode Street jetty ser­vice – said he sup­ported in­creased den­sity for the ur­ban area.

“I have al­ways sup­ported greater den­sity, even some high­rise in this precinct, pro­vided it’s prop­erly planned,” he said.

“We need more peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in this much sough-af­ter area.”

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