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August 2018 Update

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Very Successful Special Electors Meeting on Monday, August 20, 2018


A huge thank you to our members and supporters who attended the City of Melville Special Electors Meeting last Monday. It was a great success and again demonstrated that Melville residents and ratepayers have serious concerns about the direction being taken by the City of Melville Council and Administration.

The presentations by the five deputations were excellent – well researched, professionally presented and well received by Melville residents. Congratulations and thanks to Dale Kenny (Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan), Mark McLerie (Council Policy on Managing Unreasonable
Conduct), Don Galbraith (Tompkins Park Redevelopment and the impact on the rugby and cricket clubs), George Gear (Melville Bowling Club) and Clive Ross (Why wave park lease preconditions cannot be met and therefore lease should lapse).

The following five motions were passed overwhelmingly and will now be considered by Melville Council at its September meeting:

That the Council of the City of Melville immediately initiate a full review of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan for the purpose of including:
(a) maximum height limits;
(b) guaranteed retention of all existing trees; and
(c) community consultation panels on all multi storey development applications and planning

That the Council of the City of Melville immediately initiate a review of Policy CP-107 Managing Unreasonable conduct for the purpose of revoking the Policy and replacing it with a Policy drafted after community consultation and which is properly intended to protect City employees and residents and ratepayers.

That the Council of the City of Melville immediately initiate a review of the City’s Meeting Procedures Local Law 2017 to:
(a) delete the requirement in the definition of “deputation” in Section 1.6 requiring a person to have a direct interest; and
(b) delete sub-section 7.10 (2)(b) which allows the CEO to reject a request for a deputation.

That the Council of the City of Melville immediately notify Urbnsurf (Perth) Pty Ltd that the City as Lessor is unable to meet the Lessor’s pre-conditions in the agreement to Lease to:
(a) vacate the Melville Bowling Club site by 1 October 2018 or by the Sunset Date of 28 February 2019; or
(b) obtain permission to lease or acquire Crown land before the Sunset Date of 28 February 2019; and
(c) has no reasonable basis to request an extension of time to meet these pre-conditions and therefore the agreement to lease is terminated.

That the Council of the City of Melville immediately review the Tompkins Park re-development plans as it is now apparent that the Melville Bowling Club have decided not to move from their current site and the proposed changes will result in the Rugby and Cricket Clubs becoming financially unsustainable.

This is a very good outcome BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR SUPPORT.
We need to demonstrate the widespread support among Melville residents and ratepayers for these recommendations and therefore we again ask you to gather signatures for the petition we have previously circulated and help us get as many signatures of City of Melville electors as possible.

We want to present this petition to Council at the September meeting when Council will be asked to consider the five recommendations passed at the Special Electors Meeting.

We ask each of you all to collect at least 20 signatures of City of Melville electors – imagine how convincing the petition will be if we all did that.

Please download the petition (landscape please), collect as many signatures as possible and return the original signed documents by mail or by hand to 3 Dee Road, Applecross by Monday 17th September.

Thanks again for your support – it is greatly appreciated and needs to continue!

Clive Ross

Volunteers Needed

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Help SFPA Get the Word Out

If you’d like to see these changes happen urgently, get in touch with us to find out where you can volunteer your services. We need people to help us to get the word out, fundraise, network or attending events.

Contact us here to find out more.

SFPA welcomes JDAP decision

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Press Release – July 12, 2018 

SFPA welcomes JDAP decision – At last some sanity! 

The Swan Foreshore Protection Association has welcomed the decision of the key state planning panel to not approve a 16-story apartment development in Kintail Road, Applecross near the Moreau Mews roundabout. 

The proposed building would have been similar in height to the Raffles apartment tower and well beyond the normal 10 storey limit applying to the site. 

City of Melville CEO Shayne Silcox and his planning officers had recommended the proposal be approved. However, the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) voted on Monday by four votes to one to reject the development application. 

Mr Clive Ross, president of the Swan Foreshore Protection Association (SFPA) representing Applecross and Mt Pleasant residents said the decision brought some sense to development in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre zone. 

“It sends a strong message to developers eyeing opportunities in the precinct that they can no longer consider the sky is the limit, even if the Council’s planning department is onside”, he said. 

The development was in an area designated M10 meaning there was an entitlement to a maximum of ten stories with discretion for bonus heights for exemplary buildings providing significant community benefits. 

“The majority of the JDAP members expressed concern about the subjective nature of decisions around the exercise of this discretion and determined that the so-called community benefits did not justify the exercise of a 60% discretion to allow 16 storeys,” Mr Ross said. 

Concerns were also raised about a number of safety issues which had not been adequately addressed. 

Despite City of Melville officers recommending the development be approved, Mr Ross said it was clear from the presentations from local residents – including a submission and presentation by legal representatives of the SFPA – that the proposal was not in keeping with the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP), at least as envisaged and understood by residents.

Mr Ross acknowledged that the City of Melville Council had similar concerns in rejecting the officers’ recommendation at its recent meeting and that the two Applecross Ward representatives – Councillors Pazolli and Kepert – presented to JDAP on behalf of Council calling for the development to not be approved. 

He said the JDAP ruling had brought some sense to development within the Canning Bridge precinct. 

“It is surprising that what was obvious to residents and to four of the five JDAP members , was not also obvious to some Melville councillors and the City of Melville planning officers. The officers should never have recommended this proposal for approval,” Mr Ross said. 

The sole JDAP member in favour of approving 16 storeys was City of Melville councillor Nicole Robbins, one of two councillors delegated to represent the municipality on the JDAP. The other JDAP member from Melville was Cr Tim Barling who opposed the application. 

Mr Ross said the Melville officers’ recommendation made a mockery of having both an M10 and an M15 zone if developments in the M10 area could exceed heights in the M15. 

At the meeting, the City of Melville planning officers agreed that currently there was effectively no maximum height limit in those parts of the CBACP within the City of Melville. 

Mr Ross noted that the Council was considering that issue and called on Council to heed the JDAP decision and uphold the concerns of residents to ensure effective height limits were observed. 

“We hope that a more objective approach will now be taken to ensuring any community benefits are authentic and of real and lasting benefit to the community. 

“This matter must be addressed with urgency to let developers know that the CBAC is not open slather and that residents and ratepayers can be confident that their interests do matter” Mr Ross emphasised. 

As a result of information revealed by the City of Melville planning officers at the hearing, SFPA will now seek legal advice on whether the approval of the Sabina and Precinct developments were lawful. 

Mr Clive Ross, President of the Swan Foreshore Protection Association, is available for comment and can be contacted on 0418 955 875