Mc­Call Cen­tre query unan­swered

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Com­mu­ni­tynews By JON BAS­SETT

THE Town of Cottes­loe has still not heard back from the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion re­gard­ing its re­quest for more time to com­ment on the pro­posed re­zon­ing of the historic Mc­Call Cen­tre.

The State Gov­ern­ment has ear­marked the for­mer tele­graph sta­tion for de­vel­op­ment to help pay WA’s $27 bil­lion debt.

In Au­gust, Cottes­loe coun­cil­lors baulked at be­ing given just 10 days – un­til Septem­ber 2 – to make a pre­lim­i­nary com­ment to the WAPC about start­ing the process to re­zone the Mc­Call Cen­tre and nearby bush.

They in­stead agreed ini­tially to ad­ver­tise the WAPC’s in­ten­tions to ratepay­ers, and for the com­mis­sion to or­gan­ise a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion work­shop on any change. Chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said the Town was still wait­ing for a re­ply.

He said the coun­cil would not con­sider the re­zon­ing un­til the WAPC made an of­fi­cial move to change the re­zon­ing in the Metropoli­tan Re­gion Scheme (MRS), which sets over­all plan­ning across Perth.

The Mc­Call Cen­tre was an­nounced as one of about $5 bil­lion worth of State as­sets for sale in a bid to re­duce the grow­ing bur­den on the State’s cof­fers 14 months ago. Last week, Trea­surer Mike Na­han an­nounced a slightly lower than ex­pected $27 bil­lion State debt, and a $2.2b deficit in 2015-16.

The Depart­ment of Lands has pro­posed re­zon­ing two lots – one at the cen­tre and an­other north of it.

A WAPC spokes­woman said a three-month pub­lic com­ment process would start when a for­mal move was made to change the Metropoli­tan Re­gion Scheme for re­zon­ing.

Cr San­dra Boul­ter said it would be bet­ter if the coun­cil con­sulted the com­mu­nity ear­lier, to get more “cre­ative” com­mu­nity in­put, and be­fore the com­mis­sion re­quested Plan­ning Min­is­ter Donna Faragher to ad­ver­tise any MRS amend­ment for its pub­lic com­ment.

“For in­stance, does the WAPC or the Min­is­ter know about the ocean to river re­gional park con­cept cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped, which could be part of this process?” Cr Boul­ter asked.

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