RE ‘City’s block buster’
(Times, November 20) and Wanneroo councillors’ decision not to initiate an amendment to the local planning scheme.
The councillors’ negative decision means that the Wanneroo community has been denied the development of an aged care and seniors living precinct, which would include:
development and operation of an aged-care and seniors living precinct;
development investment of $80-$100 million;
provision of care services to over 400 residents across home care, residential aged care and retirement villas;
a home-care service for up to 100 residents in their own homes from an on-site facility;
employment of 200 to 300 staff in the City; and
annual rates and taxes of up to $150,000.
Most of us are not much interested in rezoning issues at council meetings.
If we were, there would be more people attending them to listen to how their elected members debate, or not, the recommendations presented by the planners.
I’m aware that in most local governments a symbiotic relationship exists between councillors and the administration which sometimes leads to poor decision making. I think this decision is an example of that. In my view, councillors and City of Wanneroo planners failed to put the needs of the community and the ratepayers first.