HOUS­ING CHANGE

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Opinion -

I WOULD like to com­ment on the front page ar­ti­cle “Pri­vacy un­der threat” (South­ern Gazette, Au­gust 15) re­gard­ing the Costa fam­ily, who feel their pri­vacy will be com­pro­mised with the con­struc­tion of apart­ments in their neigh­bour­hood.

The zon­ing which al­lows for apart­ments through the Can­ning Bridge and Como ar­eas was approved by the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion seven years ago.

On that ba­sis, a num­ber of land parcels have been pur­chased with the in­tent to cre­ate in­fill, es­pe­cially as the train sta­tion at Can­ning Bridge will be up­graded sub­stan­tially.

This is no dif­fer­ent to other precincts which are also un­der­go­ing re­de­vel­op­ment in­clud­ing Scar­bor­ough, Mur­doch, Fre­man­tle and Bur­swood.

Perth is un­der­go­ing a pe­riod of tran­si­tion and that means tra­di­tional view of hous­ing will no longer ap­ply. Apart­ments will be­come a stronger as­pect to our com­mu­nity be­cause it is a choice that some favour.

While I do feel for the Costa fam­ily, I also have to ques­tion why one fam­ily’s in­con­ve­nience be­came front page news.

There will be more apart­ments in the Perth metropoli­tan area and this is be­ing driven by peo­ple who def­i­nitely want this op­tion.

Who are we to say they can’t have that choice?

SA­MAN­THA REECE WA Apart­ment Ad­vo­cacy managing di­rec­tor

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