Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins Some of the highlights of 2016 include the completion of the Adam Armstrong and Allen Park Lower Pavilions, the bestowal of three new Freemen of the City – Ruth Reid OAM, Lennie McCall AM and Sue Morey OAM FRCNA – and the progression of the new Local Planning Scheme No.3.
Looking to 2017, the City will forge ahead with several key projects, including implementing the new planning scheme.
At a special council meeting on December 13, the council resolved to advertise the draft planning scheme.
The scheme will be sent to the Western Australian Planning Commission for permission to advertise and to seek public comment.
The focus will then switch to drafting the supporting documents to accompany the scheme and assessment of submissions once the public comment period concludes.
Construction on the All Abilities Play Space is due to begin early in the new year, which will see the majority of the play equipment and perimeter fencing installed, with other key features following in later stages.
A detailed needs analysis, including consultation with user groups and the community, will also be undertaken to decide on the long-term future of Hackett Hall.
The new year will also see progression of ideas for redevelopment of the Tawarri Function Centre. Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson Despite a challenging 12 months, we have a lot to be proud of.
The Rokeby Road upgrade, Forrest Square carpark refurbishment and Carter Lane Precinct are now all complete, and long-term strategic planning for the town centre and North Subiaco is under way.
We’ve also revisited Think2030, the community visioning project, which informs our Strategic Community Plan.
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2017 is shaping up to be an exciting time for our community.
A number of big developments are due for completion and we’ve got a jam-packed calendar of events with the Subiaco Street Party, Perth International Arts Festival and Perth Comedy Festival all set to return in 2017.
On behalf of my fellow councillors and everyone at the City of Subiaco, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.
I look forward to seeing you in Subiaco during the festive season and back again in 2017. Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris We are looking forward to a great 2017. Mosman Park has some exciting projects under consideration for the coming year.
Our administration has transitioned smoothly with our new chief executive, Mark Goodlet, and the council working well.
We continue to work with our neighbouring councils on regional activities such as the library and, in the coming year, will refine the Monument Hill recreation precinct through community consultation.
We hope we will finally be granted approval for our Town Planning Scheme No. 3, which should remove some of the uncertainty we currently face with planning decisions.
The redevelopment of our major shopping centre should commence in 2017 and that will enhance services in that area, and we are also pursuing the proposed North Fremantle boundary change.
Council will continue to strive to deliver best practice to our ratepayers and residents. Peppermint Grove President Rachel Thomas We are looking forward to the opening of a new
cafe on the foreshore.
Construction is well under way, with the completion expected in the first quarter of 2017.
The Shire’s Local Planning Scheme No.4 and its Local Planning Strategy are with the Minister for Planning for final approval.
In 2017, we will be consulting with residents on updating our planning policies to complement the new scheme.
Infrastructure improvements in 2017 include further work to the river wall and a number of road improvements.
Work will continue on our program of enhancements to our IT capability in the Cloud. Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins The newly refurbished and much used Lesser Hall at the Civic Centre looks fantastic, and is now available for community groups, meetings, yoga, ballet, dance and the many activities for which it can be used.
The kitchens and bathrooms have taken on a smart new look, as has the floor and roof, plus a projector and audio system were installed.
This year will see the introduction of a long overdue pelican safety pedestrian crossing at the junction of Curtin Avenue and Forrest Street, near the Cottesloe Railway Station.
Our staff have successfully liaised with Main Roads, who can be thanked for installing the crossing.
The foreshore upgrade and Station Street refurbishment plans are out for public comment and we look forward to commencing staged improvements in 2017. Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon In 2017, the Town of Cambridge will be busy undertaking community consultation on its Strategic Community Plan and Local Planning Strategy (LPS).
Both documents will set out the plan for how we will live and develop the Town of Cambridge in future years.
The LPS will provide more certainty to both developers and residents within the Town.
We intend incorporating development controls in the Town Planning Scheme to provide a higher degree of certainty on planning outcomes for residents.
We have introduced a new web portal to facilitate and ensure adequate community engagement.
It is hoped that we will also be able to improve the way our services interact with local businesses through the formation of local business groups in the Town.
We appreciate local businesses also improve the liveability of our neighbourhoods and will work with local businesses to ensure issues such as parking adequately balance competing interests.
We recognise the importance of Perry Lakes both in terms of biodiversity and as a barometer for groundwater.
We will be examining ways to revive Perry Lakes including the use of treated waste water to raise the groundwater levels in Perry Lakes.
This will provide a welcome recreational destination for the increased population around the Perry Lakes estate, and the wider community.
We have also committed significant reserves to the underground power project, at an estimated cost of $36 million, that will see all powerlines within the Town undergrounded.
We should know by early January 2017 if we have been successful in our applications to the State Underground Power Program.
There will also be further consultation on the redevelopment of Lake Monger, and the new playground at the Wembley Sports Park and stage 2 of the Perry Lakes Skate Park will be completed in 2017.
2017 will also see the return of the Truck Stop event to Perry Lakes for one weekend each month from February to April, with good food, drinks and live entertainment. Claremont Mayor Jock Barker The coming year will be an eventful one for the Town of Claremont.
In 2016 we commenced work on the redevelopment of three of our major facilities: the Claremont Aquatic Centre, Lake Claremont Golf Course and the Freshwater Bay Museum.
This year I look forward to seeing the golf course development completed and work commencing on the Aquatic Centre and Museum, bringing new life to these facilities.
In July, Stephen Goode, our chief executive, will leave the Town. While we will miss his wealth of experience, I welcome the opportunity to work with his successor, Liz Ledger.
We will continue to offer our community opportunities for social connection throughout the year with our extensive events program, Get into the Claremont Life. A calendar highlight will be the Art Transforming Claremont festival, which will be held in the town centre in April.
On behalf of the Town of Claremont, councillors and staff, I would like to wish all of our residents, ratepayers and businesses a safe and prosperous 2017.