Crime a top con­cern

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Street Watch -

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.

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