Se­cu­rity fears not ad­dressed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

A NEW con­cept plan to re­de­velop the SAS’s Seaward Vil­lage in Swan­bourne does not tackle se­cu­rity is­sues held by the Aus­tralian SAS As­so­ci­a­tion.

“Apart from mov­ing a child care cen­tre to near the bar­racks, we have heard noth­ing about the se­cu­rity plan, and they haven’t pro­duced any de­tail about any fence or bar­rier you would need to se­cure the new mil­i­tary hous­ing area from civil­ians,” as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Terry Nolan said.

At a De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia (DHA) in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in Swan­bourne last Sun­day, there was no bar­rier in the plan to use about half the 22ha vil­lage for new civil­ian lots and dense mil­i­tary homes.

The plan, which goes to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion about Novem­ber, does have a new Jones Park ac­cess road on the vil­lage’s east, roads are re­duced 2m to 18m wide and a road po­ten­tially cuts into reveg­e­tated Melon Hill.

Most State Gov­ern­ment-con­trolled parks in the vil­lage would be de­mol­ished for new sol­diers’ homes, fire­fight­ers’ ac­cess is pro­vided be­tween civil­ian and sol­diers’ parts of the re­de­vel­op­ment, and civil­ian lots edge into Swan­bourne Beach dunes.

“When I asked why DHA doesn’t use their own land and not go into A-Class re­serves, they said clearly that they would not make as much money as they would not be able to put as many houses in,” Sayer Street res­i­dent Denise Mur­ray said.

Mrs Mur­ray said most of about 200 res­i­dents at the in­for­ma­tion ses­sion said the plan was an “ap­palling” way to treat the SAS.

They were also told DHA traf­fic es­ti­mates did not in­clude cars us­ing Sayer Street from the new Jones Park road.

Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said he now ex­pected res­i­dents to “pres­sure” the coun­cil to close the A-Class Re­serve part of Sayer Street but any clo­sure may de­pend on Gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion.

DHA prop­erty pro­vi­sion­ing gen­eral man­ager John Di­etz said a bar­rier’s fenc­ing, ma­te­ri­als and height would be de­ter­mined dur­ing de­tailed de­sign­ing to com­ply with any Depart­ment of De­fence se­cu­rity re­quire­ment. Mr Di­etz said the plan re­stricted Sayer Street traf­fic by mak­ing Seaward Av­enue pri­mar­ily for sol­diers’ ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing putting the new child­care cen­tre at the east end of the av­enue and de­sign­ing a new Sayer Street in­ter­sec­tion.

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