City of Bayswater electors want heritage precincts preserved

CITY of Bayswater electors voiced the importance of preserving heritage precincts along the Midland train line and significant trees at the annual general meeting of electors meeting on December 14.

With Bayswater councillors sitting in the gallery, local resident and Bayswater Deserves Better member Tessa Hopkins proposed several motions based on keeping the heritage around Bayswater, Maylands and Bassendean train stations.

One of the motions which was passed requested the City possibly in conjunction with the Cities of Stirling, Swan and Perth and the Town of Bassendean to write to the Heritage and Local Government Minister requesting the heritage towns to be considered for listing on the State Heritage Register.

A motion requesting the City to commission a local development plan for the King William core, which constrained designs and architectural guidelines and rejected the incentives of height bonuses was also passed.

Ms Hopkins said her motions demonstrated that all the towns located along the Midland train line were fortunate to contained heritage precincts.

“As a whole, they form what I believe is quite special in what can provide economic and tourist potential to the eastern region,” she said.

“We recently heard that Guildford is seeking registration onto the State Heritage Register and I believe that Bayswater, Maylands and Bassendean also require that sort of respect.”

Bayswater Urban Tree Network co-founder Greg Smith’s motion instructing the City to amend the town planning scheme to develop a significant tree list and define a significant tree as anything 2.4m and above was also passed.

Mr Smith said the City needed to become ‘Garden City’ by putting trees on the agenda.