Fore­shore plan canned


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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.”

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