Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Jon Bas­sett

AN SAS am­mu­ni­tion and ex­plo­sives bunker about 300m from pro­posed new homes has to be re­built if De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia re­de­vel­ops the sol­diers’ ad­ja­cent Seaward Vil­lage in Swan­bourne.

“Plans for the re­build­ing of the mag­a­zine are be­ing sep­a­rately de­vel­oped by De­fence and are not part of a $230 mil­lion Camp­bell Bar­racks up­grade pro­ject,” a Depart­ment of De­fence spokesman told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

Last month, DHA con­cept plans for the 22ha, 156-bun­ga­low vil­lage, used by some of the SAS’s most ex­pe­ri­enced per­son­nel, show it will be flat­tened for 325 higher-den­sity homes, com­pris­ing a south­ern precinct of pri­vate lots and a north­ern area of sol­diers’ new homes nearer the bar­racks.

The DoD spokesman said the vil­lage’s fi­nal de­sign would have “ad­e­quate” safety and se­cu­rity for the bunker, but there was no ba­sis on which the vil­lage’s re­de­vel­op­ment could be re­jected if de­sign prin­ci­ples from a re­cent, undis­closed se­cu­rity re­view were used.

“De­fence has agreed that draft plans should al­low for fenc­ing along the bound­ary be­tween the de­fence houses and the public lots to pro­vide a se­cu­rity bar­rier, and this is­sue will be fur­ther con­sid­ered as part of the con­cept plan­ning process,” the spokesman said.

Lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal care group Swan­bourne Coastal Al­liance (SCA) op­poses de­mo­li­tion of the vil­lage and de­struc­tion of its bush­land.

“With un­prece­dented pres­sure on our neigh­bour­hood from all sides, it is es­sen­tial that we stand up for our com­mu­nity,” SCA con­venor Jean-Paul Orsini said.

Last month, Ned­lands Coun­cil, which ob­jects to DHA by­pass­ing its plan­ning rules and go­ing to the State Gov­ern­ment for ap­proval, started public con­sul­ta­tion on coun­cil­lors’ pro­posal to close part of the vil­lage’s ac­cess road along residential Sayer Street in mid-2016.

A DHA spokesman said a sub­mis­sion about the pro­posed clo­sure would go to the coun­cil, and fu­ture de­signs for the vil­lage’s re­de­vel­op­ment would de­ter­mine the safety of planned new drive­ways in Sayer Street, which crit­ics of the plan al­lege may be too steep.

SCA’s AGM is at As­so­ci­ates Rugby Club, Allen Park, Swan­bourne, 7pm, Oc­to­ber 15.

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