WSA Public Forum – 26 November 2012 – Report

Second WSA Public Forum, Church of Christ Hall, 260 Bagot Road, Subiaco, Monday 26 November, 2012. 

Posted November 27, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance

Following the highly successful, well-attended first WSA public forum held in Cottesloe on October 11, local mayors, councillors and other high-profile citizens again spoke, this time in regard to the following issues:

• The state government’s stated intention to force through amalgamations, if necessary by Act of Parliament, rather than by democratic means.

• New state planning laws which give dictatorial powers to the Planning Minister.

• The State appointed Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) which now control major development approvals including those on reserve land.

• The DAPs consist of three state government-appointed ‘specialist members’, one of whom is the Presiding Member, and two local council representatives and they give right of appeal to developers but deny such right to councils and communities.

• Planning processes that are totally lacking in transparency and accountability.

• The inappropriate and out-of-scale developments the state government and developers are forcing upon Subiaco, Nedlands, Cottesloe, Stirling Highway, the Perth Waterfront and elsewhere in the metropolitan area and beyond.

• The flurry of planning applications from developers and further erosion of our democratic rights that can be expected after the next election.

Under the Chairmanship of Richard Diggins OAM (former Mayor of Subiaco), the speakers were:

On amalgamation issues:

Heather Henderson (Mayor , City of Subiaco)

Max Hipkins (Mayor, City of Nedlands) – Video of presentation

Ron Norris (Mayor, Town of Mosman Park)

Ken Eastwood AM (Former national CPA president)

On planning issues:

Hon. Lynn MacLaren (MLC )

Julie Matheson (Councillor, City of Subiaco)

A Q & A session followed, involving the above speakers plus Wayne Monks (Independent candidate for Churchlands). Again 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’?

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.”

Western Suburbs Alliance Public Forum

Press release

Western Suburbs Alliance Inc. Public Forum

THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITES IS AT RISK!  

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

Background

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)

Speakers:

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