Ham­strung, help­less against JDAP

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS around a pro­posed ser­vice sta­tion and fast food out­let in As­cot are feel­ing help­less be­cause they have no third-party right of ap­peal against the de­vel­op­ment.

The WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion is set to present a re­port fol­low­ing its Third Party Ap­peal Rights in Plan­ning dis­cus­sion pa­per sub­mis­sions later this year and con­tro­ver­sial Metro Central Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) de­ci­sions are back in the spot­light.

JDAP gave the ser­vice sta­tion the green light at a meet­ing on June 21.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Terry O’Meara, who runs a bed and break­fast near the site at Fauntleroy Av­enue and Great Eastern High­way, said it was es­sen­tial that af­fected par­ties have the right to a third party ap­peal.

“In the ini­tial stage when the de­vel­op­ment is placed be­fore the coun­cil, there is in­suf­fi­cient no­ti­fi­ca­tion or time for the peo­ple who are af­fected to make their sub­mis­sion,” he said.

“At that time they have very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion on which to go on… so that puts them on the back foot right from the start.

“We felt that we didn’t have enough chance to im­pact the de­ci­sion. Even if we did, the de­ci­sion had al­ready been made… the im­pact on qual­ity of life and the peo­ple con­cerned is re­ally not con­sid­ered.”

Mr O’Meara said while he and oth­ers were in­vited to make a five-minute sub­mis­sion, they felt as if the de­ci­sion was a “fore­gone con­clu­sion”, and not enough em­pha­sis was placed on qual­ity of life.

“We felt so help­less. We put up as much in­for­ma­tion as we could… We were told that the only way we can ap­peal now is if we can find a le­gal breach to take them to the Supreme Court. What man in the street can pull that kind of money?” he asked.

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471851

Res­i­dent Terry O’Meara says lo­cals need a third party right of ap­peal against the JDAP.

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