CON­TROL THIS MAD­NESS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE re­de­vel­op­ment of the South Perth Sta­tion Precinct is in full flight. It is very ex­cit­ing to see the com­mer­cial area be­ing re­vi­talised for the fu­ture.

But with the present sit­u­a­tion of no con­trol or guide­lines over the ex­tent of de­vel­op­ment in the area and with the frenzy that de­vel­op­ers have been in to grab land and rush through ap­pli­ca­tions with Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel work­ing to as­sist them, there has been no re­gard for the big pic­ture.

The big pic­ture is not, as these de­vel­op­ers be­lieve, the big­ger the build­ing the bet­ter.

The fact is there can be no de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tion set for sew­er­age, wa­ter, elec­tric and roads as there is no way to cal­cu­late the limit and costs and there­fore de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions can­not be as­sessed.

At present, it lit­er­ally is the sky is the limit with no re­quire­ment to pro­vide for the fu­ture.

Do the ratepay­ers of South Perth re­alise that with­out some con­trol they will be pay­ing for the up­grade of the ser­vices?

No one knows how much this will cost as there is no formula from which to work.

For the same rea­sons, there can be no traf­fic plan­ning. How can coun­cil pre­dict traf­fic quan­ti­ties when there is noth­ing to limit the amount of con­struc­tion, which de­ter­mines the num­ber of cars al­lowed?

South Perth coun­cil has tabled an amend­ment to its Town Plan­ning Scheme to the State Plan­ning De­part­ment to bring some san­ity into the camp.

This amend­ment should be ac­knowl­edged in present and fu­ture plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions but it is to­tally ig­nored.

The coun­cil worked dili­gently to struc­ture these guide­lines and con­trols so it can get some or­der, only to be thwarted by as­sess­ment pan­els at ev­ery meet­ing. We must de­mand that the coun­cil’s amend­ment is passed as quickly as pos­si­ble so we can start to bring this mad­ness un­der con­trol.

We, the res­i­dents of South Perth, have ad­dressed what we were di­rected to do to se­cure a rail sta­tion, which we have now been ad­vised is years away from hap­pen­ing.

We were sold new de­vel­op­ment at medium den­sity, not the mad­ness that is hap­pen­ing.

It re­ally makes you won­der what is go­ing on behind the scenes and who is pulling strings.

It has taken two cit­i­zens to go to the Supreme Court to ex­pose a wrong de­ci­sion made by an as­sess­ment panel and try to bring in some con­trol and guid­ance to the badly drafted plan­ning laws

The present Amend­ment 46 pre­pared and fully sup­ported by South Perth coun­cil is be­fore the Min­is­ter for Plan­ning, Donna Faragher.

It must be dealt with as a pri­or­ity. MARGOT BLAKELY, South Perth.

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