‘Re­lief’ for Cam­bridge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Ju­lian Wright - reporter

JOHN Day has sup­ported Plan­ning Min­is­ter Donna Faragher’s de­ci­sion to re­ject Town of Cam­bridge Town Scheme Amend­ment 31.

Mr Day was the pre­vi­ous plan­ning min­is­ter who made changes to the Amend­ment in April be­fore the port­fo­lio was passed to Ms Faragher, who said she had the ben­e­fit of fur­ther dis­cus­sions with the Town.

Mr Day’s ver­sion of the con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal in­cluded split cod­ing to en­able mul­ti­d­wellings up to R30 within 400m of lo­cal cen­tres, al­lowance of two dwellings on cor­ner blocks 900sq m or above in City Beach and Floreat, and Cam­bridge Street lots to be split­coded R40/R60 to al­low for mul­ti­ple dwellings.

The changes were to be ad­ver­tised to the pub­lic this week.

“(Ms Faragher) has had the re­spon­si­bil­ity for deal­ing with Amend­ment 31 over the last six months and the ben­e­fit of fur­ther dis­cus­sions, in­clud­ing with the Town of Cam­bridge,’ Mr Day said. “I have full con­fi­dence in the de­ci­sion she has made with all of the ad­vice avail­able to her.”

Ms Faragher an­nounced her de­ci­sion yes­ter­day af­ter meet­ing with Town rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Au­gust 11 and re­ceiv­ing fur­ther ad­vice from the Plan­ning Depart­ment.

“I have de­cided against pro­gress­ing with Amend­ment 31 in its cur­rent form, as the even­tual out­come is un­likely to be one that would be sup­ported,” she said.

Mayor Keri Shan­non said Ms Faragher’s de­ci­sion would have been “a re­lief for many” and met with the pop­ping of cham­pagne corks.

But Shel­ter WA spokesman Stephen Hall is­sued a state­ment say­ing the de­ci­sion was “di­a­met­ri­cally op­posed to the plan­ning prin­ci­ples al­ready adopted by the WA Gov­ern­ment in Di­rec­tions 2031 and the State Plan­ning Strat­egy”.

“The State Gov­ern­ment has set diver­sity and in­fill tar­gets for each lo­cal gov­ern­ment, which this scheme amend­ment by the Town of Cam­bridge seeks to ad­dress,” he said.

“The pro­posed scheme amend­ment pro­motes in­fill and diver­sity at an ap­pro­pri­ate level in Cam­bridge. The fail­ure to ap­prove this scheme amend­ment per­pet­u­ates the NIMBY (Not in my back­yard) men­tal­ity that has plagued WA plan­ning sys­tem for many years.”

Mr Day and Ms Faragher en­cour­aged the Town to progress with plan­ning changes that would al­low for more hous­ing diver­sity.

It is un­der­stood the Town has al­ready en­gaged con­sul­tants to com­mence a strat­egy that would ad­dress the aims of the amend­ment in a dif­fer­ent way. See opin­ion, page 12

WEST­ERN sub­urbs res­i­dents have spo­ken and they have been heard. Af­ter about 18 months of in­tense op­po­si­tion to Amend­ment 31, which would have seen higher den­sity in “leafy” City Beach and Floreat, Plan­ning Min­is­ter Donna Faragher has re­jected it. Now it is back to the plan­ning draw­ing board. But one thing re­mains – we still need to find some­where for peo­ple in this boom­ing pop­u­la­tion to live. While it is fair and un­der­stand­able for peo­ple to fight to re­tain the “leafy” aes­thetic, what isn’t fair is that present res­i­dents be the only ones who get to en­joy it. A sim­i­lar NIMBY (Not In My Back­yard) at­ti­tude de­vel­oped in Kala­munda; res­i­dents were out­raged over multi-storey apart­ment blocks threat­en­ing the coun­try life­style they have en­joyed. But shouldn’t other peo­ple be able to en­joy it too? The thing that makes the area a great place to live should not be ex­clu­sive to the peo­ple who live there now.

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