Way cleared for bush plan

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

LAND­CORP will build on all three res­i­den­tial lots at Mon­tario Quar­ter in Shen­ton Park af­ter suc­cess­fully ap­peal­ing against a de­ci­sion by the Statu­tory Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (SPC) to de­velop only two of the blocks.

Late last month, the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC) de­cided to al­low Land­corp to de­velop all three res­i­den­tial blocks in­stead of sav­ing about 75 per cent of Lem­nos Street bush­land, which was ini­tially ap­proved by the SPC.

Bush Not Bricks co-or­di­na­tor Heidi Hardisty, who has spent four-and-a-half years try­ing to save the bush­land, said she was dev­as­tated by the de­ci­sion.

“The WAPC mem­bers over­turned the ear­lier deci- sion of their own spe­cial­ist SPC, which would have saved most of the bush­land and over three quar­ters of the link­age,” she said.

Land­corp Met­ro­pol­i­tan and In­dus­trial gen­eral man­ager John Hack­ett said they re­quested the WAPC re­con­sider the de­ci­sion as it con­tra­dicted the pre­vi­ously ap­proved plans and would af­fect the de­vel­op­ment of the re­main­ing res­i­den­tial block.

“It would have po­ten­tially in­creased the bush­fire haz­ard for vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents sur­round­ing the es­tate and was not in line with the Com­mon­wealth En­vi­ron­men­tal As­sess­ment,” he said.

Mrs Hardisty said the de­vel­op­ment would have a long last­ing and sig­nif­i­cant neg­a­tive ef­fect on wildlife and en­vi­ron­ment.

“If you take at least half of the bush­land, put a build­ing in the mid­dle of it, as well as roads, you’re cre­at­ing frag­men­ta­tion and re­duc­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of that quar­ter,” she said.

“It’s dis­heart­en­ing and de­mor­al­is­ing and it’s been such a long trek; we want our bush­land and city safe.”

Mr Hack­ett said the west­ern bush­land area was as­sessed by an en­v­i­ron- men­tal ex­pert through­out plan­ning of the de­vel­op­ment.

“An ex­pert en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant found ar­eas of sig­nif­i­cantly de­graded veg­e­ta­tion, as well as a dis­used carpark and ac­cess road. The de­vel­op­ment sites have been po­si­tioned over these ar­eas in or­der to min­imise the im­pact on ex­ist­ing, higher qual­ity veg­e­ta­tion,” he said.

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