SOUTH PERTH, NOT SHANGHAI
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.