DOWN TO EARTH

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

BUILD­ING mega tow­ers along Mill Point Road north is not a good idea be­cause the road sys­tem will suf­fer from traf­fic conges­tion un­less car-park­ing bays are very lim­ited in each de­vel­op­ment.

A train sta­tion nearby is at least 15 years away, ad­mit­ted a de­vel­oper to the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (DAP) meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 10.

Is that a good rea­son to come up with 409 park­ing bays when City re­quire­ments are 264?

In cater­ing to the se­ri­ously rich in high-rise apart­ments, a park­ing bay per bed­room is what the mar­ket wants was the re­sponse.

The Gov­ern­ment’s aim of high­den­sity in­fill near pub­lic trans­port is to re­duce traf­fic conges­tion.

For mass trans­port over dis­tance in a shorter time, train sta­tions need to be some dis­tance apart so that the train can pick up speed.

South Perth, be­ing close to El­iz­a­beth Quay train sta­tion, is meant to be a des­ti­na­tion sta­tion rather than pick up work­ers to get to the CBD dur­ing peak hours.

Be­cause some trains would be at crush ca­pac­ity, they would prob­a­bly not stop there.

An­other prob­lem is that third par­ties whose in­put is vi­tal have not been given the time to do the nec­es­sary work.

The Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion has not re­viewed the up­grad­ing needed to pro­vide wa­ter and sewage to pro­posed and ap­proved mega tow­ers and the cost.

It seems that de­vel­op­ers are re­quired to pay for such work.

De­vel­op­ers have whinged that the goal­posts (de­vel­op­ment rules) have been changed, but do not ac­knowl­edge that the goal posts were too loosely spec­i­fied.

They’re glee­ful that the sky’s the limit in terms of build­ing height as it’s more prof­itable to mar­ket lux­ury apart­ments with river views.

It’s time they were bought down to earth. CAROL ROE, Man­ning.

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