Bush re­zon­ing op­posed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BASSETT

THE new State Gov­ern­ment and Cottes­loe and Mos­man Park coun­cils face op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed re­zon­ing of coastal bush near the dis­used Mc­call Cen­tre to an ur­ban zon­ing.

“If this goes, it’s gone for­ever,” Mos­man Park res­i­dent Meave Ansell said.

WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC) ur­ban zones al­low res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and light in­dus­trial uses, and while the cen­tre takes up a large por­tion of the 8000sq m lot, the re­main­der is bush­land.

Both coun­cils have sup­ported the WAPC’S ini­tial con­sid­er­a­tion of re­zon­ing, which started un­der the pre­vi­ous Gov­ern­ment as part of pro­posed as­set sales to re­duce state debt.

Any ac­tual re­zon­ing process would in­clude public com­ment, but it now faces op­po­si­tion from the Cottes­loe and Mos­man Park ratepay­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions, the Friends of Mos­man Park Bush­land and Cottes­loe Coast­care.

“The com­mu­ni­ties want this kept as public open space, as the link be­tween the river and the In­dian Ocean,” Cottes­loe Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion deputy chair­man Greg Boland said.

How­ever, there are long­stand­ing nearby re­serves to fa­cil­i­tate any Curtin Av­enue re­align­ment and ex­ten­sion of Welling­ton Street, in ad­di­tion to an emerg­ing need to re­build the level cross­ing at the ad­ja­cent Vic­to­ria Street rail­way sta­tion.

The cam­paign­ers deny that pre­serv­ing the bush would re­strict coun­cils’ ca­pac­ity to lobby for those projects.

“Re­gard­less of what they said, what we be­lieve is, at the min­i­mum there should be a cor­ri­dor for bush­land and wildlife,” Mos­man Park Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Paul Shaw said.

The groups could take the is­sue to lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in Oc­to­ber.

“But we’d like to nip it in the bud and go straight to the WAPC and stop the re­zon­ing process, and ask the new Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti about it,” Friends of Mos­man Park Bush­land con­venor Sue Con­lan said.

Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said a bush cor­ri­dor should con­nect to the planned re­fur­bish­ment of nearby Mon­u­ment Hill and, with foot­bridges across Stir­ling High­way and the rail line, it could be funded by res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment at the cen­tre, which may take “quite a few years” in the cur­rent hous­ing mar­ket.

Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett said he would meet with the groups if they wished.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467512

Mos­man Park Res­i­dent Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Paul Shaw, Friends of Mos­man Park Bush­land con­venor Sue Con­lan, Cottes­loe Coast Care’s Fauke Cham­bers and Cottes­loe Res­i­dent and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion deputy chair­man Greg Bolano op­pose the re­zon­ing pro­posal.

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