Wanneroo Weekender - - Opinion -

THE City of Joondalup's en­thu­si­asm for en­larg­ing its rate base is start­ing to have con­se­quences in terms of rub­bish col­lec­tion.

In our cul-de-sac in Kal­la­roo, mul­ti­ple re­de­vel­op­ments have re­sulted in six drive­ways feed­ing into the top 20 me­tres of the street.

Fur­ther­more, the City of Joondalup CEO Garry Hunt has ad­vised (in writ­ing) that a fur­ther two blocks in the same im­me­di­ate cir­cle are iden­ti­fied as suit­able for re-de­vel­op­ment. If that plan goes ahead the num­ber of drive­ways would in­crease to eight – in just 20 me­tres at the top of the cul-de-sac!

Imag­ine the prob­lem on bin day, par­tic­u­lar when it is re­cy­cling day! There is just not enough space for two wheelie bins placed side by side, shoul­der to shoul­der out­side each prop­erty around the top of the street.

Be­cause there is so lit­tle space for them, they are now say­ing that it's OK for house­holds to put them on the next door neigh­bour's verge if they can't fit onto their in­di­vid­ual trun­cated frontages.

They are even propos­ing build­ing ugly con­crete bin pads on neigh­bours' verges.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have al­ways en­cour­aged home­own­ers to beau­tify and main­tain the verge area with lawns and gar­dens. An ugly con­crete stab hardly achieves that ob­jec­tive and acts as a dis­in­cen­tive.

The plan­ning laws that work in favour of the lo­cal au­thor­ity by cre­at­ing an ex­tra rev­enue flow have con­se­quences nor­mally only ex­pe­ri­enced in the old, in­ner-city areas that were planned and de­signed in the 1900s.

The State plan­ning laws need to be re­viewed. DON ODGERS, Kal­la­roo.

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