Wetlands plan finally gets go-ahead

Burditt Krost, a spokesman for the developer, said it had been a 13-year wait for the go-ahead and it had made three attempts to have planning regulations changed from industrial to urban.

‘It has been a long road to hoe,’ he said.

The closing date for public submissions to the WA Planning Commission on the proposal is 5pm on November 15.

Both the developer and the Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association want to hear from local residents about the development, which encompasses housing, wetlands and a new living development on the original Belle View homestead farm known as the Elders Holding Paddocks.

There is 33.85 ha of land at the site after the developer successfully bought the former Goodchild Reserve from the State Government.

The new estate would be east of Roe Highway, adjoining the north and south side of the Helena River.

Mr Krost said it had significant opportunity as a residential suburb.

Parks and a recreation reserve would be created along the Helena River.

Mr Krost said the developer intended to sell the wetlands area, which would become Crown land, back to the government for a peppercorn fee of $1.

A public meeting and a general meeting of the association will be held on October 1 in the Helen Street Bellevue Scouts Hall from 7pm.

Bellevue resident Martin Chape said all were welcome.