Plans to remove greenery ‘ludicrous’

Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman discusses plans for the area with local resident Bev Port-Louis. Picture: Marcus Whisson d417455
Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman discusses plans for the area with local resident Bev Port-Louis. Picture: Marcus Whisson d417455

She said it was ludicrous because the City of Stirling was getting rid of the greenery in the area and replacing it with buildings and roads that did not fit the area or the wants and needs of the community.

‘If we lose the State Softball Centre there then all that greenery has gone forever and I think this whole precinct is too small for what they want to do,’ Ms Port-Louis said.

‘If it’s going to be surrounded by high-rise buildings, if they’re going to encourage people to do business and have units above, that’s a big ask.

‘Replacing green spaces with buildings and roads won’t fit the community ” it’s ludicrous.’

The City had presented three redevelopment proposals as part of the Mirrabooka Town Centre Structure Plan at a public meeting last month.

The plan, a collaboration between the City, Department of Planning and Department of Transport, is to create a town centre between Mirrabooka Avenue, Reid Highway, Northwood Drive and Yirrigan Drive.

City director of planning and development Ross Povey said the plan included redevelopment of roads, land and infrastructure by the City, private landowners and government agencies over a 30-to- 40-year period.

The concepts put forward at the meeting were based on community views, ranging from minimal to major changes to the area.

‘Each of these concepts has common features that include a new main street, rezoning of commercial properties allowing mixed use, new public open spaces and new road connections,’ he said.

‘Each of the concepts offers different possibilities for the softball centre including retention of the centre and redevelopment of the site for other uses.’

Stage one of the redevelopment would cost $5 million and involved the extension of Milldale Way to create a main street to increase commercial and residential development.

Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman said by extending Milldale Way through Sudbury and Chesterfield roads, the pond and grassed area used as a meeting place for locals near the bus station would be removed.

‘I don’t disagree it should be a city centre but don’t take away the essence of what it is to make it just like everywhere else,’ she said.

‘This is a City that has a strong Nyungah heritage, it has a strong cultural heritage and part of that is cultures like to meet in green public spaces.

‘It’s not roads that we need; it is development of the sites that are sitting vacant now by private owners.’