More unrest over ‘land grab’

‘The offices are owned by Nedlands, so they would be just another asset for the City of Perth to sell off,’ Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said.

Mr Hipkins said Perth’s ‘land grab’ came after it identified parking revenue at the University of WA and QEII Medical Centre and how the Government’s proposed border between the city and a western suburbs G7 council put homes directly next to campus and hospital development but out of Perth’s control.

Last Thursday, City of Perth councillors proposed a Subiaco border running west on Aberdare Road, south into Nedlands at Smyth Road, east on Stirling Highway and south on Bruce Street. The border would be up to 500m west of the Government’s boundary that mainly follows the west sides of QE2 Medical Centre and UWA.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said her council’s submission met ‘obligations’ for key infrastructure including Kings Park, UWA, QEII and Hollywood hospitals for ‘strategic and holistic approach to their management’.

Last week, Peppermint Grove rejected a G7 after consultation with its 1800 residents, including 250 at a public meeting, produced a 739-|signature petition against the proposal. President Rachel Thomas said the consultation showed the Government had failed to prove the need for a G7, its costs and financial benefits.

It is expected Cambridge Council’s plan for its merger with Subiaco (G2) and three adjacent City of Stirling suburbs, and Claremont’s July request for a G4 centred on Claremont, will be the only western suburbs submissions to the board.

Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said the other western suburb councils were less reluctant about the G2 than the rejected G7.

Local Government Minister Tony Simpson has said that if a council did not reply by October 4 the Government will send its own submission but he would not comment.

Nedlands will consider the impact of Perth’s submission at a special meeting tomorrow.