Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IT was pleas­ing to read that more peo­ple are trav­el­ling on the ferry to South Perth.

I was also pleased that a small tourist ferry is now op­er­at­ing from El­iz­a­beth Quay to Claise­brook. I wish them well with their new ven­ture.

I have al­ways been an ad­vo­cate of us­ing our river for pas­sen­ger fer­ries for plea­sure and an al­ter­na­tive way to get to the city and sport­ing venues.

A good start would be a ferry ser­vice to Point Wal­ter, ev­ery hour with con­nect­ing buses from Fre­man­tle and the sub­urbs.

Point Wal­ter is very a pleas­ant part of the river to visit with its safe, pro­tected sandy beach and many shady trees.

There is a good jetty to land ferry pas­sen­gers. It also has an ex­cel­lent restau­rant, a pub­lic golf course, ten­nis courts and good walk­ing paths along the river.

Tourism and trans­port are very im­por­tant to our State; let us use our river more. FRANK GRANGER, Ap­ple­cross. ments will ex­ist for peo­ple to re­side – whether it is for one or 100 days

It does not mat­ter what you call it – it is place for peo­ple to live in, short or long term.

The City says it is ap­ply­ing the Supreme Court judg­ment on 74 Mill Point Road in its as­sess­ment of de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions in the precinct.

But it must have missed the main point that says that build­ing ap­proval should be quashed be­cause it does not meet the aim of the Sta­tion Precinct, which is to en­cour­age “em­ploy­ment”.

Ser­viced apart­ments will em­ploy a cou­ple of clean­ers and a re­cep­tion­ist – no more peo­ple than would be em­ployed if the apart­ments were pri­vately owned.

There­fore, they do noth­ing to en­cour­age more em­ploy­ment.

By call­ing th­ese apart­ments "ser­viced" coun­cil is com­plicit in al­low­ing de­vel­op­ers to use a loop­hole to get ap­proval for mega high­rise into South Perth against the wishes of the com­mu­nity.

There are more pro­pos­als for Mill Point Road com­ing up for ap­proval in the next weeks: 44 storeys at No 74, 50 storeys at No 76 and 38 storeys at nos 86-90.

All of th­ese are more than the ac­cepted walk­ing dis­tance to the phan­tom sta­tion and all are pri­mar­ily res­i­den­tial mega tow­ers us­ing this loop­hole to gain ap­proval. Have your say be­cause, sadly, the Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel and coun­cil take your si­lence as sup­port for their de­ci­sions. VICKI RED­DEN, South Perth.

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