PEOPLE POWER AGAINST TOWER
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through participation in the upcoming statutory process to draft Amendment 51 to replace Amendment 46, which should be withdrawn by the minister rather than referred to the Governor for endorsement.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.southperth.wa.gov.au/Place-and-Design-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.