Mandogalup residents call for secession as they rail against City of Kwinana

Herbert and Ann de Haer (front) with Reid and Margaret Donald and Mark Wells. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Herbert and Ann de Haer (front) with Reid and Margaret Donald and Mark Wells. Picture: Jon Hewson.

A GROUP of residents in Mandogalup are leading an uprising in the hope of seceding from the City of Kwinana.

Hubert de Haer said they needed 200 votes to secede to the City of Cockburn, who he said seemed to be less pro-industry.

He said the City of Kwinana’s support for a buffer zone around industry reduced their rights as property owners.

“Under the new LPP Amendment if I am absent from my home for more than six months, my home will revert to industrial use and I will be forced to live in a property with a non-conforming use when I return,” Mr de Haer said.

“If during a storm or other event my family home is damaged to beyond 75 per cent then I am unable to re-build.”

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said council would object strongly to any moves for a boundary adjustment in Mandogalup.

“The City has adopted a draft Local Planning Policy which articulates a vision for the Mandogalup locality, which includes a light industrial or service commercial area, a transition area, a future rail station precinct, a freight road interface area and residential area,” she said.

“The WA Planning Commission (WAPC) has announced a new statutory planning framework for Mandogalup which will see the State determine the ultimate land uses in the area.

“The Mandogalup residents may find themselves in exactly the same position as it will be the WAPC, not the City of Cockburn or City of Kwinana, who will determine the optimal planning outcome for Mandogalup.

“(They will be) taking into account the State’s commitment to plan for a new port in Kwinana and the need to secure sufficient industrial land for the long term prosperity of the State.”

City of Cockburn director Governance and Community Services Don Green said it was preferable for Mandogalup residents to have a positive dialogue with their local council representatives in an attempt to address their issues of concern.

“This is before embarking on an extensive and time consuming process which has no guarantee of succeeding, nor being supported by the City of Cockburn,” he said.