PLAN­NING IS THE BURN­ING IS­SUE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

RETROFITTING a fire sta­tion into al­ready crowded streets will ig­nite up at least some com­mu­nity ire. If one thing is demon­strated by the pro­posal for a new West Perth fire sta­tion, it is the dan­ger of not un­der­tak­ing some very long-term plan­ning by gov­ern­ment. The con­ges­tion on our roads is tes­ta­ment to that. While Carr Street res­i­dents could be ac­cused of NIMBY at­ti­tudes, the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices now has to find some so­lu­tions to the con­cerns. A sta­tion is needed. But why wasn’t a non-con­tro­ver­sial site, with a buf­fer zone, planned 10, 15, 20 years ago so peo­ple and de­vel­op­ers would have known what lay ahead? With the num­ber of apart­ment blocks and higher den­si­ties planned across Perth this sit­u­a­tion will oc­cur again. The depart­ment must be res­o­lute and en­sure coun­cils and State gov­ern­ments plan our emer­gency ser­vices first. We can­not do with­out them. Jon Bas­sett - re­porter

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