High-rise ‘chaos’: Govt help needed

The Supreme Court ruled to pause construction on a high-rise development on Mill Point road after finding it did not have the correct ratio of commercial and residential space.

The development was halted, pending further consideration from the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

Property Council WA deputy executive director Lino Iacomella said it was concerning that the development had hit a wall.

“It’s particularly concerning that local minority interests can stand in the way of the growing momentum to create more urban vitality in Perth, particularly in inner-city areas like South Perth,” he said. “This also has wider implications for the Perth planning system.

“The Property Council is very concerned and will be raising with the local authority and state government as a priority.”

Speaking with the Southern Gazette in February following the Supreme Court ruling, Vicki Redden, spokeswoman for residents group Save the South Perth Peninsula said it was time for a higher authority to step in.

“We want someone like Colin Barnett to call a time out; we can’t keep going with this type of chaos,” she said.

“The community doesn’t know what’s going on, the developers don’t know and the council just seems overwhelmed.”

But South Perth MLA John McGrath said now was not the time for State Government involvement.

“I’ll be discussing the matter with the Planning Minister and the Mayor of South Perth, but I think it is too early to call the State Government to step in; processes have to be followed,” he said.

“The Supreme Court has basically sent the matter back to the JDAP, we should wait to see what happens.”

Mr McGrath – who has rallied to reopen the Coode Street jetty service – said he supported increased density for the urban area.

“I have always supported greater density, even some high-rise in this precinct, provided it’s properly planned,” he said.

“We need more people living and working in this much sough-after area.”