Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE pre­sid­ing mem­ber of the Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (DAP) had to “clutch at straws” to jus­tify his de­cid­ing vote to ap­prove a 34-storey mega-tower at 74 Mill Point Road, South Perth on Oc­to­ber 19, given the other four mem­bers were split on the is­sue.

How­ever, he swung the wrong way (be­cause) the City and res­i­dents’ side had more sub­stance in its ar­gu­ments.

When the DAP first ap­proved 29 storeys on this site, it chose not to de­fend its de­ci­sion when two res­i­dents lodged an ap­peal, but gave no­tice of in­ten­tion to abide by the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion, which sub­se­quently quashed that ap­proval.

There­after, DAP had al­ready re­fused an­other de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for 44 storeys for the same site, which the pre­sid­ing mem­ber said was “a bridge too far”.

What are those straws? Re­ally just hopes that:

Amend­ment 46 to TPS6 is “nei­ther im­mi­nent nor cer­tain” (know­ing State Gov­ern­ment de­lay of six months al­ready);

“Pre­dom­i­nantly” means 50:50 for non-res­i­den­tial plot ra­tio vs res­i­den­tial plot ra­tio;

The mega tower won’t get off the ground (know­ing of apart­ments glut);

Traf­fic con­ges­tion will be al­le­vi­ated by wealthy peo­ple tak­ing to pub­lic trans­port (know­ing MRWA will not com­mit to an up­grade of traf­fic sig­nals at the Kwinana Free­way Ramp and nor will the State Gov­ern­ment com­mit to a train sta­tion at South Perth).

Increased traf­fic won’t be “the straw that breaks the camel’s back”.

DAP re­neged on its de­clared in­ten­tion to abide by the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion. CAROL ROE, Man­ning. sea­son and they are just do­ing what comes nat­u­rally to them to pro­tect their young.

We as hu­mans would do the same if we felt our chil­dren were be­ing threat­ened.

Se­condly, with the bees, they are swarm­ing at this time of year be­cause it’s how they start new colonies.

Sur­pris­ingly, this is when they are at their most calm and less likely to sting, weighed down with the honey they’re car­ry­ing to start a new hive.

Honey bees play a vi­tal role in the food chain, pol­li­nat­ing most of our food crops we rely on to eat.

With­out them, the world would sim­ply starve to death.

So I am plead­ing with peo­ple to just re­lax and ac­cept that this is na­ture and there re­ally is no need to be afraid.

Re­spect them, keep your dis­tance

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