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On Wednesday the 29th of July, 2015, over 130 residents from South Perth and surrounding areas including representatives from Point Peron, Mandurah and Serpentine Jarrahdale, attending a public meeting on Thursday night at the Como Bowling Club. The tenet of the meeting was ‘Scrap the DAP’ and ‘Sack the SAT’ following residents’ incredulity at recent DAP decisions.
Of great concern were the rights as landowners and residents, being severely destroyed by the unelected, unaccountable, unrepresented and misguided Development Application Panels (DAPs) in Western Australia.
16 ministers, members and leaders from local, state and federal agencies were invited (see list attached) but only Lynn McLaren from the Greens party, attended along with the later arrival of Steve Irons from the Liberal party showing support for the residents.
13 residents spoke about major issues with the DAP, the lack of third party appeal rights and the derogatory use of the word NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). Speakers represented Alfred Cove, Dalkieth, West Leederville, Maylands, South Perth, Cottesloe, Serpentine Jarrahdale, Mt Hawthorn, Mandurah and Subiaco – each with disturbing details of the lack of foresight and empathy displayed by the DAP in their deliberations, ignoring residents’ concerns about height, set backs, historical heritage guidelines and traffic management/infrastructure.
‘A relaxation clause in the local policy in regard to the height of a new development was taken out of context,’ stated Ms Vicki Redden from South Perth, commenting on one of DAPs most recent abominations.
‘Relaxation in this context meant one or two storeys above the norm but for the DAP to allow a 400% increase is a mockery’, she added.
Other examples were given where the DAP had even contravened traffic reports from the Main Roads Department, lack of infrastructure, amenity and set backs. The list was endless.
Seven motions were put and carried and will be delivered to the Hon Kate Doust along with the video of the meeting.
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