South Perth MLA John McGrath says residents of Como and Manning who have concerns over future redevelopment in the Canning Bridge Precinct can take some comfort from recent assurances given in State Parliament by the Minister for Planning, Hon John Day.
Mr McGrath quizzed the Minister during debate on a bill to amend WA’s planning laws.
“Basically, I raised concerns expressed to me by local people that high rise development on land close to the Swan and Canning Rivers as envisaged in the ‘Draft Canning Bridge Precinct Vision’ would disadvantage many other property owners who would effectively be cut off from the rivers,” Mr McGrath said.
“Whilst I accept there is a need for higher density residential development in areas in close proximity to major public transport facilities, such as railway stations, I do believe there is a need for further consideration of how this is implemented around Canning Bridge.
“It appears to me that some of the proposed high-rise development is in the wrong place.
“Accordingly, I asked the Minister about opportunities for residents to be involved in future consultation processes.”
With regard to the Canning Bridge precinct plan, Mr Day told Parliament: “It is a vision at the moment. It has a long way to go before it is put into effect. A lot more consultation has to occur and assessment and studies need to be undertaken, including transport studies, before any of this is put into effect. It will probably extend over the next 20 years, if not longer. We are not looking at any sudden changes.”
“I expect local residents who have concerns about future redevelopment of the area will welcome the chance to participate in the consultation processes as they arise”.