Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AS peo­ple gather in the Mill Point Ward on Aus­tralia Day, the im­prove­ments al­ready made along the river fore­shore in Sir James Mitchell Park will add to their en­joy­ment.

How­ever, will an up­com­ing in­flux of high rise apart­ments of up to 50 storeys – sanc­tioned to date by State Gov­ern­ment plan­ning de­ciders – spoil the area as traf­fic jams, scarce park­ing and CBD liv­ing grow apace?

That’s of con­cern to al­most 900 peo­ple who sent sub­mis­sions to the City of South Perth when it put out Amend­ment 46 to its town plan­ning scheme for pub­lic com­ment.

The amend­ment aimed to bring about more or­derly plan­ning and re­al­ism about in­fra­struc­ture up­grades ne­ces­si­tated by mas­sive tow­ers.

But it has since been wa­tered down by the WAPC to suit de­vel­op­ers keen to ex­ploit weak­nesses in plan­ning pol­icy and who know a gravy train when they see one.

Rather than be vic­timised by the pow­ers that be, there is a groundswell of opin­ion in favour of start­ing anew on de­vel­op­ing plan­ning for 21st cen­tury liv­ing.

An op­por­tu­nity comes shortly through par­tic­i­pa­tion in the up­com­ing statu­tory process to draft Amend­ment 51 to re­place Amend­ment 46, which should be with­drawn by the min­is­ter rather than re­ferred to the Gover­nor for en­dorse­ment.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion is vi­tal to fu­ture area amenity and it’s easy to get started by click­ing on https://your­say.south­­sign-South- Perth-Sta­tion-Precinct.

Look up and out for in­for­ma­tion and vote in the State elec­tion for can­di­dates who have the in­tegrity to stand up for trans­par­ent and im­par­tial de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

CAROL ROE, Man­ning.

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