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112 months ago
Thomas wrote on Thomas's Walls Mar 29
Thomas, 2010-03-29 16:41:56
Ok, here is my EWSP submission, I made in a hurry late evening at the time requested for meeting the deadline. I am aware there is a lot of finetuning needed for implications and all is not the best English, but I hope my thoughts are clear and everybody realizes, this could be a way to please all interests (my phone number is 9306 4376: To East Wanneroo Structure Plan Department of Planning 469 Wellington Street Perth, W.A. 6000 Name: Organisation (if relevant): Address: Interests: (e.g. local resident, business operator, visitor to the region) I/we would like to make the following comments on the draft East Wanneroo Structure Plan and would like them to be considered in the preparation of the final document. Comments to EAST WANNEROO STRUCTURE PLAN (E.W.S. P. ) from Nov. 2009 Introduction First, I definitely support a E.W.S.P. in order to bring much needed stability and planning security to this area. But I don't believe the residents concerned had been given a fair-go chance to comment on the November 09 edition of the E.W.S.P.: 1)The November 09 E.W.S.P. was published early in November, but distributed much later 2)The original deadline of 16. December was unacceptable short 3)The new deadline 29. January 2010 was not made known properly 4)The whole time frame over Christmas and school holidays I find not acceptable 5)The majority of the residents were not made aware of the developments and only word of mouth and private letter box deliveries created a non representative awareness level of this very important E.W.S.P. deadline and the implications of the content. I live since 15 years in that area and like many other families, I am planning to spend my future specifically in this area. The Nov. 2009 E.W.S. P. contains numerous good directions and thoughts I would support, if they would be implemented in a more realistic sustainable planning and not in the way of “stepping stones” as mentioned to support nature. Which unfortunately is of no use. The November 09 E.W.S. P. looks like a patchwork, which tries to serve all interests in the old fashioned ways, first destroying much and then trying to rebuild at huge costs and little success. In this extremely sensitive area the Nov. 2009 E.W.S. P. if implemented would have a catastrophic outcome. This unique area needs a totally different “out of the square” approach, because its not suitable to be made urban as most other areas, it covers a region with: 8 “Bush for Ever” designed areas, as defined in E.W.S. P. 10 (approx.) lakes in the area, as defined in E.W.S. P. 30 (or more) PLNA (Priority Local Nature Area), as defined areas in E.W.S. P. 4 Poultry & Mushroom farms as defined in E.W.S. P. federally protected Carnaby's Black Cockatoo frequently foraging in this area federally protected Graceful Sun Moth in this area a large number of fully established quality dwellings and advanced existing infrastructure the most important water catchment area of Perth areas of significant endemic flora aboriginal sacred sites Further it is unacceptable to see: suggested road structures like Ranch Rd.. As proposed 60% of Ranch Rd. extension, would cross Priority Local Natural Areas (PLNA) & Wetland Consideration Areas, as by E.W.S. P. defined. Not only is this a contradiction within the planning. The need for this I find very questionable. The expected population density in this lake area and environmental considerations would not justify such an additional road, even if it becomes urban. disturbance of Acid Sulphate Soils (which all know exist in this area) is of a more than serious problem. Taking health risks of this magnitude would possibly (rightfully) result in endless compensation claims from current and future residents, if ignored now. Taxpayers in W.A. would definitely not support such carelessness and negligence, especially since that problem today is common knowledge to planning. a “Industrial Site” right on Perth's main water supply area. This has the potential to lead to a an uproar in W.A.'s population and seems to me greatly irresponsible, when water is anyway sparse and this most important supply source is put at risk. Such action can lead to catastrophic water supply problems, or at least resulting in enormous additional costs to W.A. taxpayers. My conclusion to the November 2009 E.W.S.P.: In no other area of development, urban development would destroy such a large number of established dwellings, sub infra-structures and last remnant nature. I find it irresponsible in a today, more environmentally conscious global society to urbanise this area as indicated. Taking the above situation into account I find the November 09 E.W.S.P. unacceptable and believe if implemented, it will have dramatic negative impacts on the residents and possibly to the whole W.A. community. The future planning for this highly sensitive area needs a completely different “new age” approach. Urban development has to 'jump' this area for the benefit of all! Precinct for East Wanneroo: (Solution, Suggestion, Green Belt) A) Create a “Green Belt”, connecting all the lakes, wetlands and PLNA's defined areas into a specified environmental-, lifestyle-, biodiversity-, sustainability-zone. Lake Adams to Lake Gnangara. (see draft attached ) Implementation-Conditions 1.allow only 1 acre lots (minimum) in this zone 2.allow building envelopes of 10% on each lot only 3.90% must be fenced off bush land (natives only, flora & fauna) 4.keep maximum of existing roads, dwellings and supply-lines as they are dwellings must be nearly self sufficient (“Island projects”) use collected rain water only grey water systems only biodegradable sewer only all to have solar hot water systems all to have min. 1-3kw solar-power systems power saving electric lights and appliances no phone lines (wireless only ) no “English lawns”, just drought resistant natives wildlife gates in outside fences for free roaming of wildlife B) No industrial area North of Neaves Rd. on the Gnangara Mount as in November 09 E.W.S.P. (alternatively expand existing industrial areas at Flynn Drv. and /or Gnangara industrial area). C) No extension of Ranch Rd to the east. (use Neaves, Coogee and Elliot Rd. instead) Result 1.current locals may keep lifestyle 2.current locals can keep their surroundings and workplace, schools and else 3.biodiversity has a chance to survive 4.water use is not at risk of contamination collect more water than they use 6.large number and huge values of dwellings and infrastructure is not demolished 7.landowners can profit from still possible subdivision impact on acid sulphate soil direct industrial neighbourhood for existing urban and special rural dwellings 10.healthy population friendly, mixed areas from West to East, beach/urban/lake/green-belt expensive infrastructure cost for government or developers 12.planing security for existing landowners, rates will stay affordable if not urban 13.unique ecological corridor allowing the movement of flora and fauna across habitats Conclusion: The current residents of East Wanneroo represent a healthy percentage of the population, which is not prepared to live in an urban environment, but still rely on access to workplaces, schools, health and social facilities in this area. They should not be 'chased' further out by urban development, especially if such a high density in this area has already been reached in the meantime. It makes good common sense, if urban development 'jumps' such an area. These East Wanneroo lake- and wetland areas represent a rare, unique opportunity for the WA Department of Planning to make a historic decision, by showing how specific development can accommodate sustainable living, maintain biodiversity, in harmony with close near by urban population. To create such a green-belt in this East Wanneroo area could be historic and one later day be seen on the same level as the creation of Kings Park nearly 200 years ago.

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