Talks end over City infrastructure costs

City of Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths with the City’s manager of city growth Simon O'Sullivan. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d412248
City of Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths with the City’s manager of city growth Simon O'Sullivan. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d412248

Precinct 3, the land between Southern River Road, Ranford Road, Passmore Street and the river, is set for development with commercial and retail property, a community centre, parks and low to medium-density residential land.

After two years of back-and-forth consultation, a Development Contribution Arrangement (DCA) now sets out how landowners and the council will share costs of facilities such as roads, drainage systems and parks.

Mayor Dave Griffiths said forming a DCA was complex, which is why landowners’ opinions were taken seriously, but the costs and risks involved outweighed those of not forming one.

He said DCAs the City created for other areas, such as Canning Vale, had proved the fairest option because they protected all stakeholders taking part in development, the rate and costs of which could be unpredictable.

‘A lot of work goes into developing new areas and it would be unreasonable to expect the City’s ratepayers to bear the full cost of building infrastructure,’ he said.

The WA Planning Commission is reviewing the proposed DCA.

More consultation will take place in 2014. Details at www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.