Mum­mery mea culpa

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

CITY of Su­bi­aco Coun­cil­lor Mal­colm Mum­mery’s mo­tion to get rid of the ex­ist­ing Lo­cal Plan­ning Strat­egy (LPS) and cre­ate a new, re­vised ver­sion has been re­jected.

Cr Mum­mery was un­suc­cess­ful in sug­gest­ing the City pre­pare a re­vised LPS, re­tract the ex­ist­ing one and com­plete a re­view of the strat­egy be­fore con­sid­er­ing Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme No. 5 (LPS5).

He told coun­cil­lors at a coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day night he voted for the plan­ning strat­egy that ac­cepted the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion’s tar­get of 6140 new dwellings.

He told coun­cil­lors he was sorry for his mis­take.

“By fail­ing to do the due dili­gence of work­ing through the de­tailed im­pli­ca­tions of nearly dou­bling the dwelling den­sity in our al­ready com­pact City, I failed in my duty as a coun­cil­lor, and for that I’m sorry,” Cr Mum­mery said.

“What’s be­ing pro­posed in this mo­tion will restart the plan­ning process so that the WAPC can be ex­plic­itly asked to re­con­sider the crush­ing dwelling den­sity tar­get it has sought to im­pose on Su­bi­aco.”

Mayor Penny Tay­lor said al­though Cr Mum­mery’s mo­tion was de­feated, there was unity be­tween coun­cil­lors in mak­ing sure the scheme strat­egy suited Su­bi­aco.

“It was re­ally clear, ev­ery coun­cil­lor wanted to work for a much-im­proved scheme, and be­lieve with com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and the staff work that’s be­ing pre­pared, we can achieve that,” she said.

Coun­cil­lors have al­ready par­tic­i­pated in a brief­ing on the draft LPS, and dis­cus­sion took place on the 300 sub­mis­sions of com­mu­nity feed­back.

In a re­sponse on In­sta­gram to a Su­bi­aco res­i­dent’s ques­tion re­gard­ing the LPS brief­ing, Ms Tay­lor said Crs David Mcmullen, Mal­colm Mum­mery and Hugh Richard­son did not stay for the whole brief­ing.

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