Opinion: No to making WA a Gold Coast clone

This Gold Coast skyline is not what we want to see in WA
This Gold Coast skyline is not what we want to see in WA

AS long-time local residents of Scarborough, we welcome redevelopment of the area.

However, we agree with the MRA (Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority) that the proposed 43-storey twin tower high-rise was too big, too bulky and totally inappropriate for its proposed location.

No doubt the developers will come back for a second go, but when they do, the previous design needs to be dramatically reconsidered.

Scarborough should not have a massive skyscraper on its beachfront with a height and bulk that is excessive for the site and totally unsuitable for the surrounds.

The MRA rejected the proposal by a Chinese developer for this super-sized complex after months of considered and detailed deliberation by a body of development and design experts.

Their “no” decision was based not on emotion but on facts and sound reasoning.

The subsequent call by the developers and others with vested interests to ignore this advice and to ‘develop at any price’ completely disregards the MRA’s recommendations.

It also opens Pandora’s Box and has the potential to turn the entire WA coastline into a Gold Coast clone.

Developers must not be allowed to ignore design guidelines, potential traffic and safety problems, pedestrian access, suitable infrastructure, parking problems, over-crowding and suitability of the structure with the surrounding environment or to disregard hundreds of community submissions; nor should they be allowed to construct an unsuitable over-sized building simply because it delivers the best financial return.

If you agree with these sentiments and want to make sure your voice is heard, sign our petition at chn.ge/2CxO8gt.