Western Suburbs Alliance – Dalkeith Forum – 20 February 2013

Wednesday 20 February, 2013, 7.30-9.30pm,

C3 Church Auditorium, 95A Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith

You don’t need to be a town planner to know that . . . 

  • Perth is a sprawling dysfunctional city with growing traffic problems and known as Australia’s least sustainable capital city
  • The new state planning laws and undemocratic, secretive DAPs cut councils and communities out of the planning process
  • The State Government’s high-density, high-rise infill ideology and unrelenting pressure from developers are destroying our suburbs and lifestyle. 

You don’t need to be an environmentalist to know that . . .

  • Our unique bushland and leafy suburbs are under threat from population growth, economic development and greed
  • The quality of our natural environment is directly related to our quality of life. It is central to our health, wealth and happiness
  • We need a fresh approach to managing, using and protecting what is WA’s greatest heritage – our natural environment.

You don’t need to be a financial wizard to know that . . . 

  • During the most profitable years in WA’s history, the State Debt has risen from $3.6billion to $17 billion or by 460 percent
  • The money has been spent on questionable projects, not improving public infrastructure that the City needs
  • The state’s AAA-credit rating is close to being sorely tested. It will be the taxpayers who have to pay for the Government’s profligacy.

But hear the experts and have your say. We all know there are better alternatives . . . 

Richard Diggins OAM  Chairperson      

Piers Verstegen  Conserving our diverse environments

Dr Linley Lutton  The critical issues in city planning   

Dr. Beth Schultz AO  Protecting our old-growth forests

Ken Adam  Where urban planning is going wrong    

Ken Eastwood AM  The WA state budget deficit 

Max Hipkins (Independent candidate for Nedlands) How we can still get a good outcome from Elizabeth Quay             

Dr George Crisp (Greens candidate for Nedlands)The links between planning, environment and health


Western Suburbs Alliance Public Forum

Press release

Western Suburbs Alliance Inc. Public Forum


Cottesloe War Memorial Hall, 109 Broome Street, Cottesloe,  7.30 – 9.30 pm, October 11, 2012


The Western Suburbs Alliance Inc (WSA) (http://www.westernsuburbsalliance.org) was formed by members of community groups in Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove, Nedlands and Subiaco. The launch of WSA was marked by the publication of a letter in the POST newspaper of 30 June, 2012 which was signed by 38 high profile individuals including mayors, former mayors, councillors and other high-profile western suburbs citizens who were concerned about:

  • The new state planning laws which give dictatorial powers to the Minister for Planning.
  • The State-appointed Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) which now control major development approvals.
  • Local councils and communities having no right of appeal against DAP’s while developers have such rights.
  • Planning processes that are now secretive and lacking in transparency and accountability.
  • The state government’s intention to forcibly amalgamate our councils and increase its control.
  • The inappropriate and out-of-scale developments the state government and developers are forcing upon us in Subiaco, Nedlands, Cottesloe, Stirling Highway, the Perth Waterfront and elsewhere.
  • The erosion of our democratic rights.

The forum 

This event is designed to inform the public about the above issues and gain their opinions on the further actions needed to address these issues. The Forum will feature:

Chair: Richard Diggins OAM (former Mayor of Subiaco)


Ken Eastwood AM (Former national CPA president) – Profli-gate. Who’s paying for all these future projects?

Ron Norris (Mayor, Town of Mosman Park) – The DAP system and its implications for local governments and communities.

Julie Matheson (Councillor, City of Subiaco) – A DAP case study; Subiaco/Catherine Street and others.

Max Hipkins (Mayor, City of Nedlands) – Recent changes in the state planning laws and powers of the Planning Minister, WA Planning Commission and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

Kevin Morgan (Mayor, Town of Cottesloe) – The Robson Report and amalgamation/restructuring of local government.

John Hammond (former Mayor, Town of Cottesloe) – Implications of loss of control at the local government and community level.

A Question & Answer session will follow, involving all of the above speakers plus Heather Henderson (Mayor, City of Subiaco) and Wayne Monks (Independent candidate for Churchlands).

For further information, email admin@westernsuburbsalliance.org or telephone Colin Latchem on 9386 3746

Authorised and published by Colin Latchem, 2 Sherwood Road, Dalkeith WA 6009.

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