Foreshore plan canned
PROPOSED CENTRE OPPOSED BY PUBLIC
PEOPLE power appears to have won out after the City of South Perth decided to reject the Westralian Centre concept.
The council voted not to progress the proposal at its June 27 meeting after negative feedback from some in the community.
The Westralian Centre was a proposed civic centre that would have occupied 2200sq m on the South Perth foreshore 300m west of the Coode Street Jetty.
About 450 people packed into the South Perth Community Hall on June 8 for a meeting, where concerns about the proposal were raised.
As part of their decision last week, councillors decided to instead progress the South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan for Node 9 as a “landscape architectural expression” in consultation with the community.
A reference group will be created to assist with a plan for the area.
City of South Perth Residents Association chairwoman Cecilia Brooke said she believed people power won out.
She said the decision to choose a more modest landscape expression of the history and significance of the area would be more consistent with the objectives and strategy for the foreshore strategy plan.
“I believe that the City’s commitment to working with the community in developing an inclusive plan will produce a much better outcome in celebrating the City’s local history while providing all the opportunities the area has for events and passive recreation,” she said.
South Perth Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland would not speculate why the council voted not to progress the proposed centre.
“What is clear is that the elected members considered a wide range and significant depth of information on the concept, including a progress report on the proposed centre’s business case and financial viability, community and stakeholder consultation outcomes, site and management investigations, and potential external capital funding sources,” he said.
“There was a real strength of feeling against the concept displayed by the public at the special electors’ meeting, which followed the distribution of flyers created by several residents in Garden Street and Mill Point Road, who overlook the site proposed and who opposed the concept going forward. I have no doubt that the elected members gave consideration to the special electors’ meeting and surveys, along with the other information on the concept.”