Bid to leave Kwinana
A GROUP of residents in Mandogalup are leading an uprising in the hope of seceding from the City of Kwinana.
Hubert de Haer said they needed 200 votes to secede from Kwinana and join the City of Cockburn, which he said seemed to be less proindustry.
He said the City of Kwinana’s support for a buffer zone around industry reduced their rights as property owners.
Mr de Haer said there were also restrictions on them speaking with councillors despite his family having lived there since 1953.
“Under the new LPP Amendment, if I am absent from my home for more than six months my home will revert to industrial use. If during a storm or other event my home is damaged beyond 75 per cent then I am unable to rebuild,” Mr de Haer said.
Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the council would object strongly to any moves for a boundary adjustment in Mandogalup.
“The City has adopted a draft Local Planning Policy which articulates a vision for the Mandogalup locality, which includes a light industrial or service commercial area, a transition area, a future rail station precinct, a freight road interface area and residential area,” she said.
“The WA Planning Commission has announced a new statutory planning framework for Mandogalup, which will see the State determine the ultimate land uses in the area.”
Ms Adams said councillors had to comply with the City’s Code of Conduct and Department of Local Government Guidelines when meeting residents.
City of Cockburn director of governance and community services Don Green said it was preferable for Mandogalup residents to have a positive dialogue with council representatives to address concerns.
“This is before embarking on an extensive and time-consuming process, which has no guarantee of succeeding, nor being supported by the City of Cockburn,” he said.
Herbert and Ann de Haer (front) with Reid and Margaret Donald and Mark Wells.