South Perth MLA defends himself against accusations of staying silent on planning issues

South Perth MLA defends himself against accusations of staying silent on planning issues

Michael Voros
John McGrath

SOUTH Perth MLA John McGrath has defended himself from claims he has stayed silent about planning issues in his electorate.

Accusations from South Perth Labor candidate Michael Voros have come to light after the State Government asked the City of South Perth to make changes to Amendment 46.

The amendment was intended to create absolute height limits for buildings and increase street setbacks in some streets, among other changes.

But Planning Minister Donna Faragher has accepted the recommendation of the WA Planning Commission not to prescribe a maximum height limit.

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Mr Voros said the State Government and Mr McGrath had snubbed the local community about planning and congestion issues in South Perth.

“They sat on the City’s planning scheme amendment for seven months before trying to slip through announcing their modifications just before Christmas, seemingly timed so the modifications are made just before the State Election on 11 March,” he said.

“The modifications should have been open for further public consultation.

“Local Liberal John McGrath has made no public comment on these issues and it is clear that he and his Liberal government are taking the electorate for granted.”

Mr McGrath said he believed Mr Voros drew a long bow when he accused himself and the State Government of snubbing the people of Mill Point over the issue of density and height.

“Throughout the process of working through this situation I kept in continual contact with the South Perth Peninsula Action group, arranged for them to meet Minister Faragher and indeed raised with the Minister issues such as setback and protection of the street trees in Mill Point Road,” he said.

“I also arranged for the Minister to inspect the peninsula precinct so she was conversant with the planning issues under consideration.

“As the local Member I have always supported greater density in the precinct, though certainly not 40 or 50-storey towers, while at the same time maintaining that traffic management, parking and streetscape would always be major considerations in any development applications.”