WAPC Under-resourced

Published in The West Australian 9 September 2014.  Author: Kate Emery.

WA’s property industry has warned that delays are adding millions to the cost of land development as figures show councils are waiting years for the State to sign off on planning changes.

Property Council WA executive Joe Lenzo said research to be released next month in a bigger report on infrastructure showed a 12-month wait for approvals added $2.1 million to the cost of the average 20ha greenfield development.

“That’s just purely the delays,” he said. “It’s passed on to the consumer. It just increases the price of the subdivision or the property or the house they want to sell.”

At the same time, State Government figures show WA councils are waiting years for changes to building heights, zoning and land use to be approved. Continue reading

Perth waterfront project misses the mark.

Dr Linley Lutton

Posted December 1, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance

Regardless of all the hype in the media about the Perth waterfront project there is a very high probability that the project will stall before it gets started leaving Perth with a ruined foreshore and a huge scandal to investigate.

There are two fundamental problems giving rise to this likelihood. Firstly, the project was conceived with a ‘Walter Mitty’ mindset with little or no focus on reality, specifically the critical commercial factors. Secondly, the global financial crisis is about to get a lot worse for a very long time as China realises its vulnerabilities and big-scale speculative property developments in Perth will find funding almost impossible to secure. The Barnett Government has a real dilemma on its hands which it should already realise – how to pull out gracefully before things get a whole lot worse. Continue reading

Cottesloe Foreshore Development

Posted on June 24, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance [updated December 1, 2012] 

Picture 3The West Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and the State Government have given no serious thought to a proper planning process for the Cottesloe foreshore area. Ideas for developing the various beachfront sites have been strongly opposed by both residents and beach users from all parts of WA and overseas. The public has consistently and strongly expressed the view that they want the existing low rise Cottesloe panorama preserved, not the five to eight storey developments proposed by the Barnett government. Developments like the one proposed below would overwhelm and destroy Cottesloe’s valued coastal village character, something which makes it uniquely different from other Perth central coast visitor areas such as Leighton Beach, South Fremantle and Scarborough. Continue reading

WSA Public Forum – 11 October 2012 – Report

First WSA Forum, War Memorial Hall, Cottesloe Civic Centre, October 11, 2012. 

Posted October 12, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance

Well over 200 people attended this important event and fielded questions at the Q&A session following the speakers’ presentations.

The speakers were: Ken Eastwood AM (Former national CPA president) – Profli-gate. Who’s paying for all these future projects?; Ron Norris (Mayor, Mosman Park) – The DAP system and its implications for local governments and communities; Julie Matheson (Councillor, Subiaco) – A DAP case study; Subiaco/Catherine Street; Max Hipkins (Mayor, Nedlands) – Recent changes in the state planning laws and powers of the Planning Minister, WA Planning Commission and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority; Kevin Morgan (Mayor) – The Robson Report and amalgamation; John Hammond (former Mayor, Cottesloe) – Implications of loss of control at the local government and community level. A Q & A session followed, involving the above speakers plus Heather Henderson (Mayor, Subiaco) and Wayne Monks (Independent candidate for Churchlands).

Four Independent candidates announced their intentions to nominate for the following seats in the State Election of 9th March 2013:

Max Hipkins. Seat of Nedlands in opposition to Minister Bill Marmion;

Kevin Morgan. Seat of Cottesloe in opposition to Premier Barnett;

Wayne Monk. Seat of Churchlands;

Greg Ross. Seat of Kalamunda in opposition to Minister John Day.

At the end of the forum there was a unanimous show of hands in response to the following questions:

1. How many of you feel that the government’s centralisation of planning powers and disenfranchisement of local government is unacceptable, that the DAPS should be terminated, and the right of appeal restored and public open spaces should be preserved?

2. How many of you would support a statement of no confidence in the Planning Minister, John Day?

3. How many of you would say ‘No local government reorganisation without majority community support’?

The Australian of October 16, 2012 reported on this event (see http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/hes-way-ahead-but-barnett-doubters-are-surfacing/story-e6frgd0x-1226496613875).

It said, “. . . the latest poll suggests some voters are beginning to turn away from Barnett. His push for council amalgamations and beachfront development has been unpopular in parts of the Liberal

heartland, and last Thursday the premier listened to criticism of his government and himself as he sat through a meeting of disgruntled residents from the suburbs he represents. He was not invited to speak and he was booed as he left.”