Coun­cil ‘protests’ de­mo­li­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

NED­LANDS Coun­cil will start the con­sul­ta­tion process for its pro­posed July 2016 par­tial clo­sure of Sayer Street fol­low­ing a unan­i­mous vote last week.

The pro­posed clo­sure is the coun­cil’s protest against De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia (DHA) seek­ing State Gov­ern­ment, not lo­cal gov­ern­ment, ap­proval for planned de­mo­li­tion of the SAS Reg­i­ment’s (SASR) Seaward Vil­lage, Swan­bourne.

At last week’s meet­ing, DHA rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Di­etz said it had not been con­sulted about clos­ing a sec­tion of Sayer Street that the coun­cil claims is ungazetted A-Class Re­serve.

“DHA has sim­ply been ad­vised that coun­cil in­tends to close Sayer Street,” Mr Di­etz said, be­fore claim­ing DHA was the “owner” of the 22ha vil­lage’s 153 homes used by some of the SASR’s most ex­pe­ri­enced sol­diers.

Ned­lands deputy mayor Bill Has­sell said all the mo­tion did was en­able the process of con­sul­ta­tion be­fore clos­ing the road.

DHA’s $165 mil­lion pro­posal to use the vil­lage’s south­ern half for pri­vate lots, and the rest for 165 medium-den­sity sol­diers’ homes, has an­gered Swan­bourne ratepay­ers, vil­lagers and for­mer SAS mem­bers be­cause it could bring civil­ians to live within 200m of the ad­ja­cent, sen­si­tive Camp­bell Bar­racks, in­crease traf­fic and de­stroy re­stored bush.

Re­cent DHA con­cept plans show civil­ian lots within 300m of am­mu­ni­tions and ex­plo­sives store and there are fears that to cap­i­talise on the cost and sea views of pre­mium coast blocks, some civil­ians may build two storeys.

“They’ll be look­ing over op­er­a­tional mil­i­tary land right in front of them,” Swan­bourne Coastal Al­liance con­venor John-Paul Orsini said.

Other con­cerns in­clude dense sol­diers hous­ing af­fect­ing phys­i­o­log­i­cal “de­com­press­ing” af­ter de­ploy­ments, civil­ians liv­ing in a cul-de­sac if there is a west-trav­el­ling bush­fire and steep Sayer Street drive­ways.

Mr Orsini said flat­ten­ing the vil­lage in its eco­log­i­cal cor­ri­dor would cause wildlife to “have to move, or die, but prob­a­bly die”.

In a re­cent Fed­eral Cab­i­net reshuf­fle, for­mer min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the DHA, Stu­art Robert, was given the hu­man ser­vices and vet­er­ans’ af­fairs port­fo­lios. A spokesman for Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turnbull said new De­fence Min­is­ter Marise Payne and new As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for De­fence Dar­ren Ch­ester would dis­cuss where DHA fit­ted among the de­fence min­istries.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d444083

Hy­att ex­ec­u­tive chef Mark Sains­bury, MC Ver­ity James and Aus­tral Fish­eries mar­ket­ing man­ager Dy­lan Skinns get­ting ready for the Qan­tas Wine Show.

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