Crime a top concern
CRIME and community consultation are the top priorities for Belmont’s local election candidates as we draw closer to decision day.
Candidates have expressed a desire to focus on safety for their constituents by working on crime prevention across the City, and there has been a common thread of concern over wanting more local consultation on development in the area.
A number of nominees have shown displeasure over various new construction projects getting the tick of approval.
This has been a big issue for existing councillors Robert Rossi and Janet Powell (who is a candidate in this election), along with Mayor Phil Marks, who have voted against petrol station developments along Great Eastern Highway, but have been outnumbered by external parties on Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) meetings.
The City has previously attempted to make an amendment to the Local Planning Scheme to prohibit service stations in the mixed use zone, but this was rejected in 2016 by the Planning Minister.
Candidates have also named creating more recreational spaces and entertainment precincts, along with increased transparency, as top priorities if elected.
For more information on the candidates, head to the Community News Group minisite at communitynews.com. au/perthvotes/belmont.
Ballots are due back by 6pm on October 21.