Peet to sub­mit plan amend­ment

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser

Golden Bay’s Struc­ture Plan could be amended to in­clude an ad­di­tional 1.5ha of pub­lic open space in the area in an ef­fort to re­duce ur­ban foot­print and pro­vide more con­nec­tiv­ity for flora and fauna.

Peet Lim­ited, which co-owns Golden Bay Es­tate with the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties, will sub­mit an amend­ment to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion re­quest­ing to in­crease the amount of pub­lic open space within the south­ern side of Golden Bay es­tate. The amended plan will in­clude the ad­di­tional pub­lic open space on top of the al­most 4ha al­ready in the area to re­duce the ur­ban foot­print.

At a com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion held on Thurs­day Peet rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­formed res­i­dents about changes to the struc­ture plan in­clud­ing ad­di­tional pub­lic open space, cre­ation of a catch­ment area for de­vel­op­ment of the pro­posed Kar­nup rail­way sta­tion and mi­nor re­align­ment of the north-south con­nec­tor road, which

We want an ex­tra 25ha of nat­u­ral land­scape set aside.

Anna-Marie Jack­son

will be­come a more di­rect con­nec­tion from Dampier Drive. How­ever, no changes were pro­posed to the 6.5ha Land­scape Pro­tec­tion Area, which was put in place to re­tain and pre­serve Golden Bay’s 37mhigh sand dune. In a state­ment Peet Ltd said pro­tec­tion of the dune re­mained a key pri­or­ity.

But Save Our Dunes Golden Bay spokes­woman Anna-Marie Jack­son said the pro­posed in­crease of pub­lic open space was “piti­ful”.

“(It) still does not con­nect all four small Land­scape Pro­tec­tion Ar­eas which only to­tal 6.51ha,” she said. “The com­mu­nity has said all along the high Golden Bay dunes need to be pre­served for their Statewide geo­her­itage value, bio­di­ver­sity and na­ture ther­apy for peo­ple’s men­tal health. Churn­ing out 2000 hous­ing lots with­out re­al­is­tic con­sid­er­a­tion of the qual­ity of ur­ban land­scapes be­ing pro­duced is a dis­grace­ful re­sult of short­sighted plan­ning.

“We want an ex­tra 25ha of nat­u­ral land­scape set aside.”

Golden Bay Progress As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Peter Carter said while the whole area should have been de­clared pro­tected in the first place, the pro­posed changes would im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity and have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the land.

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