SOUTH PERTH, NOT SHANGHAI

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AMID the re-devel­op­ment frenzy in the Mill Point South Perth area and overnight change of gov­ern­ment, there is some sta­bil­ity in the re­turn to of­fice of John McGrath MLA, Mem­ber for South Perth.

As a com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pant in a new in­tense ap­proach to precinct plan­ning for that area, I found that NIMBYs were few on the ground, so the de­bates were some­what un­bal­anced.

Un­less his views have changed, Mr McGrath may wish to re­it­er­ate his past po­si­tions on build­ing heights and the re­ten­tion of Richard­son Park as a sports field for cricket and hockey, as recorded on his web­site.

I re­fer to his mes­sages ti­tled ‘Dis­ap­point­ment with South Perth Penin­sula Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment’ (June 2015) and ‘Hands off Richard­son Park’ (Septem­ber 2010).

Fol­low­ing the ap­proval given to a 29-storey tower (now mor­phed into 34 storeys), his point was that there are (or should be) lim­its to bonus height granted un­der dis­cre­tionary pro­vi­sions be­cause there is a limit to how much ad­di­tional traf­fic the road net­work can take.

In July 2008, Mr McGrath wrote ‘Still Wait­ing on Can­ning Bridge’. Last week, the South­ern Gazette re­ported that af­ter 11 years in the mak­ing, an amend­ment to the City’s Town Plan­ning Scheme has been gazetted to con­trol re-devel­op­ment around the Can­ning Bridge Train Sta­tion.

Mean­while, build­ing a train sta­tion at South Perth will re­main dor­mant for many more years un­less de­vel­op­ers con­trib­ute. But spoil­ing the Mill Point Penin­sula with overde­vel­op­ment to house wealthy view seek­ers wouldn’t be a good out­come from “vi­sion­ary” plan­ning.

We want pub­lic places and build­ings that shout South Perth, not Shanghai. CAROL ROE, Man­ning.

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