Heritage protection in hand

Under State Government plans, a new greater Morley council would be made up of the City of Bayswater, City of Bassendean, and aforementioned Stirling suburbs plus part of Dianella.

Cr Kenyon said when amalgamations occurred, the new council would likely adopt existing policies developed by each local government relating to each suburb. He said the council would also adopt the City of Stirling’s heritage protection policies governing the suburbs.

‘We will encompass what the City of Stirling has done, we aren’t going to change it and put in high-rise developments,’ he said.

But Mt Lawley Society president Bruce Wooldridge said there was always a chance that the new council would not adopt the policies, and it was a concern that the City of Bayswater had not already implemented the policies.

‘If Bayswater is serious about heritage, regardless of the current debate over local authority boundaries, it will implement this much-needed change now,’ he said.

‘This would significantly enhance the heritage credentials of Bayswater.

‘We note that such change requires the backing of all of council to be not only endorsed, but implemented.’

Stirling chief executive Stuart Jardine said heritage protection would be the responsibility of the new Morley local government, not City of Bayswater, which Cr Kenyon represents.

‘The City of Stirling’s strong local experience and knowledge built up over decades cannot easily be replaced if a new Morley local government is formed and takes over these areas,’ he said.