Bid to leave Kwinana

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page - Vanessa Sch­mitt

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d485324

Her­bert and Ann de Haer (front) with Reid and Mar­garet Don­ald and Mark Wells.

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