MORLEY MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson expressed community’s concerns over a proposed shopping centre at the Noranda nursery site in Parliament this week.
Applicant Harley Dykstra – Land and Property Development proposed to amend the City of Bayswater’s town planning scheme No. 24 to rezone Lot 2, 81 Camboon Road, Noranda from special purpose to business.
The proposal includes an Aldi supermarket, a large carpark, coffee shop, health studio, day care centre and seven residential units with a density residential code of R50.
Ms Sanderson delivered a grievance outlining community opposition to the proposal on May 16.
It comes after Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman tabled a petition with 344 signatures against the plan earlier this month.
The petition stated the proposed development would “split the Noranda town centre, create potential traffic hazards and did not take the needs of the suburb into account”.
Ms Sanderson said she asked Planning Minister Rita Saffioti to take the community’s views into account.
“An ALDI and a large car park at the proposed Camboon Road location will not help revitalise or diversify the Noranda area,” she said.
“Ad-hoc rezoning is not in keeping with the principles of smart land use as set out in the State Government’s Metronet plan.”
Noranda resident and petitioner Ross Leighton said the community got together to present petitions to Bayswater Council and the Legislative Assembly.
“It’s nice to see that the community has been heard at a higher level of government and we support Amber’s statement in Parliament today,” he said.
“We hope that the WAPC takes our community’s views into consideration when they make their decision.”
In December, Bayswater Council recommended the WA Planning Commission to refuse the proposal.
The commission will soon make its decision before forwarding its recommendation to Ms Saffioti.