Town of Victoria Park likely to support keeping green space at border of East Victoria Park and Carlisle

TOWN of Victoria appears likely to support the community to keep green space on the border of East Victoria Park and Carlisle.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is looking to rezone three parcels of land known as Millers Crossing from parkland to residential as part of Amendment 56.

The land is owned by the department and was set aside to be used in the construction of the bridge over the rail line, which was opened in 2004, but was made into parkland.

During a community consultation period in August and September, 97 submissions were received, with 96 of these objecting to the amendment.

The officer’s recommendation for next Tuesday’s council meeting is to not to support the amendment.

During last night’s elected members briefing session, chief executive Anthony Vuleta indicated that the Town had spoken to Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt and South Metropolitan MLC Kate Doust.

A member of the public used public question time to ask if the Town supported the department’s request and mayor Trevor Vaughan indicated that they did not.

The council made a decision in 2012 to resolve Amendment 56, which would have classed the three parcels of land as parks and recreation.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage asked for more justification for the amendment in 2013, which the Town provided.

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) asked the council in May 2017 to modify the amendment to classify the land as residential.

WAPC will make a final decision about the zoning of the land.

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