No confidence in City over golf course sale

Golfers enjoy a final round at the Rose Hill Golf Course last month.d423929
Golfers enjoy a final round at the Rose Hill Golf Course last month.d423929

The golf course was sold on July 31 and closed to the public, despite the action group gathering a 4000-signature petition opposed to the sale from local residents, which is still to be presented to Planning Minister John Day.

While councillors approved the submission to the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to rezone the rural land for 600 houses, they asked the WAPC to consider the 2014 Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps for aircraft noise and how it may affect residents.

Save Our Golf Courses Action Group secretary Dianne Arvino said the City had abandoned the ratepayers it was supposed to represent.

Council said in a letter to the action group that it would consider a modified amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme to rezone Lot 57 and portions of Lot 1 and Lot 9000 over noise concerns.

Council also stated in the letter that it would object to the rezoning on the basis of the amendment being unable to provide enough provisions for discretionary control over higher building standards for noise insulation.

City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley refuted allegations that the report was misleading and not based on current planning information.

‘The report considers the current State Planning Policy in regard to aircraft noise and sufficient information on the ANEF contours has been provided,’ Mr Foley said.

The City of Swan organised a briefing for councillors from Perth Airport regarding its 2014 Master Plan some weeks ago and the noise issue pertaining to Rose Hill was raised and explained. The council recommendation to the WAPC was based on current planning framework for noise factors, Mr Foley said.

Mr Foley said the City was a recommending body but would not be the ultimate decision maker in regards to the rezoning, which would be the WAPC. The WAPC are still to make a decision on the re-classification of the land.

Handel Group developers plan to build 600 brick-and-tile homes in the South Guildford area, which they believe will retail for between $450,000 and $650,000.