Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

BE­ING ranked last out of 29 coun­cils for its plan­ning re­forms was “dis­ap­point­ing” for the Town of Cam­bridge, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Keri Shan­non.

The in­de­pen­dent re­port, the first of its kind, and re­leased by the Prop­erty Coun­cil this month, found many coun­cils were be­hind on im­ple­ment­ing plan­ning re­forms.

Only the City of Melville and City of Bel­mont were up to scratch, with Cam­bridge at the other end of the scale with a score of 3.8 out of 20 be­cause of a 28-year-old plan­ning scheme.

Prop­erty Coun­cil WA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lino Ia­comella said the re­sults were “wor­ry­ing”.

Ms Shan­non said she un­der­stood the in­for­ma­tion trans­ferred was in­cor­rect.

“The Town Plan­ning Scheme is 18 years old, not 28 years old as stated in the re­port, which only brings us to third last,” she said. “It is dis­ap­point­ing.” She said the Town had in re­cent years been oc­cu­pied with the now aban­doned coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions process.

“We are work­ing on a strat­egy now to up­date the scheme, a mo­tion I ini­ti­ated in re­la­tion to this was passed in February. There is a large void be­tween where we are and where we need to be.”

City of Vin­cent Mayor John Carey also said in­for­ma­tion in the re­port re­gard­ing Vin­cent was in­cor­rect, call­ing the doc­u­ment “sloppy and sim­plis­tic.”

He said December would mark two years its new town plan­ning scheme was wait­ing for ap­proval.

A Prop­erty Coun­cil of WA spokes­woman said all the data fea­tured in the re­port was pro­vided by the lo­cal coun­cils them­selves.

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