Fight re­quires more fi­nan­cial sup­port

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

SCHEME Amend­ment 31 has now been passed to the Western Aus­tralian Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Amend­ment 31 as adopted is still fun­da­men­tally flawed. It af­fects the same num­ber of lots; cor­ner lots will have re­duced set­backs of 4m, there is no base­ment park­ing pre­scribed for manor houses and street park­ing re­mains an is­sue.

Ba­si­cally, the Amend­ment con­tin­ues to up­lift den­sity rates in a com­pletely in­ap­pro­pri­ate blan­ket man­ner. In some pock­ets of City Beach and Floreat, Amend­ment 31 dou­bles the ex­ist­ing den­sity.

The Coast Ward Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (CWRA) and Save Our City Beach Our Floreat (SOCBOF) groups have de­cided to join to use their re­sources to con­tinue on the great work of the As­so­ci­a­tion and to stop the Town of Cam­bridge’s Amend­ment 31.

SOCBOF has le­gal and QC ad­vice that there are grounds for an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Supreme Court for an or­der that the Town of Cam­bridge’s de­ci­sions to both ini­ti­ate and adopt Amend­ment 31 be quashed.

This means the de­ci­sions would be in­valid and have no ef­fect (as if Scheme Amend­ment 31 had never been ini­ti­ated).

The As­so­ci­a­tion would like to com­mence the le­gal pro­ceed­ings re­quired to quash Amend­ment 31.

Fund­ing to date of Save Our City Beach Our Floreat has come from com­mu­nity mem­bers who have do­nated more than $25,000 and the sig­nif­i­cant pro­fes­sional ser­vices pro­vided by the core mem­bers of SOCBOF which, had these ser­vices been pro­vided on nor­mal com­mer­cial terms, would have ex­ceeded $200,000. To de­feat Amend­ment 31 we need fur­ther fi­nan­cial sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

Rob Walker, pres­i­dent CWRA,

Keri Shan­non, spokesper­son, SOCBOF.

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