Bayswater community group urges Labor to follow through on Carter’s wetlands pledge

WA Labor, during the campaign, committed $1.5 million for Carter’s wetlands. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare
Labor has committed to scrap proposed widening of Guildford Road. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
WA Labor, during the campaign, committed $1.5 million for Carter’s wetlands. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare Labor has committed to scrap proposed widening of Guildford Road. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

AFTER a landslide victory, a Bayswater community group has urged a newly elected Labor Government to follow through with its pledge to fund the purchase of Carter’s wetlands.

The funds would match the City of Bayswater’s promised $1.5 million, which would allow the City to manage the site as wetlands

No Houses in Wetlands member Deborah Bowie said recently re-elected Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said she would make the purchase her top priority.

“We are looking forward to seeing how it plays out,” she said.

“We hope our campaign has helped save Carter’s.”

Ms Bowie said that going forward, the group would help the City with restoration work at the site.

According to a statement, the City will write to the new State Government seeking financial assistance to purchase the wetlands once the new ministers have taken their portfolios.

At a December workshop held about the adjoining D’Orazio block, three development alternatives were presented for consideration and discussion, aiming to minimise the impact on Carter’s wetland, respond to sensitive nearby land uses and recognise the landowners’ development rights.

The City this month said if the information supplied by the applicant shows the conditions imposed by the WA Planning Commission have been met, this would allow earthworks to start at the Skipper’s Row site.

The earthworks proposed at this stage have been scaled back to minimise any further impact on the Carter’s land whilst its future was being considered.

Major eastern suburbs Labor State Election promises:

·       $1.5 million to buy Carter’s wetlands

·       Throw out Guildford Road widening

·       $40 million Bayswater train station

·       Disability Justice Centre location review

·       Rail line to Morley and train station

·       $50 million for John Forrest Senior High School

·       Redevelopment of 29ha next to Kiara College

·       $3.1 million to fix Northlink issues