WSA Public Forum – Subiaco 26 November 2012 – Opening remarks by Colin Latchem

Opening remarks by Colin Latchem

As Chairman of the Western Suburbs Alliance Inc or WSA, I’m pleased to welcome you all to tonight’s forum. It’s gratifying to see so many of you taking the trouble to come and take part in this event.

WSA was formed by members of community groups in Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove, Nedlands and Subiaco. Its launch was marked by the publication of a letter in the POST newspaper of July 1, 2012. Signed by 38 mayors, former mayors, councillors and other high-profile citizens, this expressed concerns about the new state planning laws which give dictatorial powers to the Minister for Planning. Since then our membership and donations to the cause have grown dramatically. We have also received supportive calls from all over the metropolitan area and beyond. As you will hear tonight, we are also faced with forcible amalgamation of our councils. This is all part of the centralization of control by the Barnett government and erosion of our democratic rights. Continue reading

WSA’s Position on the Robson Report

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance

There are 30 recommendations in this report (see http://metroreform.dlg.wa.gov.au/Content/Reports/Metropolitan-Local-Government-Review-Panel-Final-Report.pdf).

The key recommendations of concern to WSA are as follows:

Reduce the number of councils in Metropolitan Perth to 12 or 16.

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) to be responsible for development at Perth’s airports, major hospitals and universities.

Local government planning approval powers to be reinstated.

A Forum of Mayors to be chaired by the Lord Mayor of the City of Perth.

Local government elections to be conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Mandatory voting for council elections.

Party political and group nominations to be permitted.

Fees and allowances for elected members to be set by the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal.  Continue reading

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