COUNCILLOR Terry Kenyon is incredibly misguided when he says that the D’Orazios have “every right” to develop their land (“New plan rejected”, Reporter, November 1).
In our society, rights come with responsibilities. The planning system and environmental regulation system should prevent perverse outcomes like have happened at Carters wetland, part of Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, where an ecosystem has been destroyed.
The ABN Group (Dale Alcock) submitted an application that should have rung alarm bells in our planning system, but approval was given. Minister Faragher is still to admit to this error.
Bayswater Council had either no ability or no intention to stop them, perhaps they wanted to hide the contamination that, according to Greg D’Orazio’s finger pointing, they had a hand in creating in the 1990s.
All it indicates, when Greg D’Orazio says “Every step has been by the book, by the letter of the law”, is that this WAPC planning system needs reform.
Actions by this developer have not been in accordance with conditions of approval. The condition regarding bushfire management, says ‘during subdivision works’ not before they start. So the clearing done as part of ‘pre-works’ is a clear breach. But neither DER, DPAW or City of Bayswater see fit to pursue this.
The community spirit focused on saving this wetland may inspire Mayor Barry McKenna and Minister Donna Faragher to do the right thing and expedite the Metro Scheme Amendment and the purchase of the wetland, for the good of Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, Riverside Gardens, and the greater Swan River environment.
DR JACQUIE KELLY,