Letter to the POST – WSA Established 30 June 2012

What will it take for our Premier Barnett, Planning Minister John Day, and Minister for Environment; Water Bill Marmion and the Liberal Government to respond to the growing wave of fear, anger and alienation across the western suburbs?

What will it take for them to acknowledge just how much we resent the erosion of our democratic rights and threats to our communities and built and natural environment?

Do they really feel they can go on treating us with utter contempt and making derogatory remarks about our ‘demographics’ and unwillingness to embrace change whenever we express our views?

Fourteen thousand of us signed petitions against the Cottesloe beachfront development and 11,000 regarding the Perth Waterfront Development and rerouting of Riverside Drive. The electors made 800 submissions against the five-storey Waratah Avenue Development in Dalkeith.  Subiaco has been overwhelmed with protests against high-rise developments. We have written to our public representatives. All to no avail. Continue reading

The wanton destruction of our natural heritage

Posted on July 1, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance [Updated December 1, 2012]

Screen Shot 2012-12-13 at 10.29.00 AMRecent research at UWA shows that mental health improves in line with the quality of public space in the neighbourhood and that urban planners and developers should consider this as a priority for achieving mental wellness. So what has the Barnett government done in the last two years? Cleared, or approved for clearing, 50 hectares of bushland in the western suburbs alone. In addition to the clearing of the Underwood Avenue Bush Forever site and Monash Avenue Bushland and trees being cut down for the Churchlands housing development, as Anna Vanderbom reports in a letter to the POST (December 1, 2012), we have seen loss of:

  • About 130 trees, including tuarts, at Perry Lakes.
  • One hundred and thirty mature trees on Winthrop Avenue and in the lost QEII therapeutic gardens.
  • Two hundred pines and hundreds of superb sugar gums in Kings Park for reasons of nicety.
  • Thousands of trees in the Cambridge area, including nearly all of its 300 majestic fig trees.
  • Almost 300 mature trees to make way for the Wembley Sports Park.
  • Remnant bush at the A.K. Reserve on Stephenson Avenue. Mt Claremont.

Despite pleading and lobbying, the Barnett Government displays a total disregard for the natural environment, sustainability and preservation of wildlife corridors. It is only concerned with the developers’ interests. Dr Ron Johnstone, WA Museum Curator of Ornithology, warns that the continued depletion of habitats could lead to the extinction of black cockatoos and that the birds feeding in the banksias in the Underwood Bushland are the last surviving flock in the western suburbs. Premier Barnett apparently knows better, saying that the threat to the “so-called endangered species” by clearing this bushland is “grossly exaggerated.” “Environment Minister” Bill Marmion is in a similar state of denial. And just when you thought it couldn’t get worse . . . it did, at Elizabeth Quay.  Continue reading