Plan­ning hot topic in South Perth

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

SOUTH Perth MLA John McGrath has de­fended him­self from claims he has stayed silent about plan­ning is­sues in his elec­torate.

Ac­cu­sa­tions from South Perth La­bor can­di­date Michael Voros have come to light af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment asked the City of South Perth to make changes to Amend­ment 46.

The amend­ment was in­tended to cre­ate ab­so­lute height lim­its for build­ings and in­crease street set­backs in some streets, among other changes.

But Plan­ning Min­is­ter Donna Faragher has ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tion of the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion not to pre­scribe a max­i­mum height limit.

Mr Voros said the State Gov­ern­ment and Mr McGrath had snubbed the lo­cal com­mu­nity about plan­ning and con­ges­tion is­sues in South Perth.

“They sat on the City’s plan­ning scheme amend­ment for seven months be­fore try­ing to slip through an­nounc­ing their modifications just be­fore Christ­mas, seem­ingly timed so the modifications are made just be­fore the State Elec­tion on 11 March,” he said.

“The modifications should have been open for fur­ther pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

“Lo­cal Lib­eral John McGrath has made no pub­lic com­ment on these is­sues and it is clear that he and his Lib­eral gov­ern­ment are tak­ing the elec­torate for granted.”

Mr McGrath said he be­lieved Mr Voros drew a long bow when he ac­cused him­self and the State Gov­ern­ment of snub­bing the peo­ple of Mill Point over the is­sue of den­sity and height.

“Through­out the process of work­ing through this sit­u­a­tion I kept in con­tin­ual con­tact with the South Perth Penin­sula Ac­tion group, ar­ranged for them to meet Min­is­ter Faragher and in­deed raised with the Min­is­ter is­sues such as set­back and pro­tec­tion of the street trees in Mill Point Road,” he said.

“I also ar­ranged for the Min­is­ter to in­spect the penin­sula precinct so she was con­ver­sant with the plan­ning is­sues un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

“As the lo­cal Mem­ber I have al­ways sup­ported greater den­sity in the precinct, though cer­tainly not 40 or 50-storey tow­ers, while at the same time main­tain­ing that traf­fic man­age­ment, park­ing and streetscape would al­ways be ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tions in any de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.”

John McGrath

Michael Voros

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