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’?