Main Point Missed: South Perth Apartments

IT is very concerning to reasonable people that South Perth council officers continue to argue that short-stay accommodation is not residential.

By any assessment, these apartments they call serviced apartments will exist for people to reside – whether it is for one or 100 days

It does not matter what you call it – it is place for people to live in, short or long term.

The City says it is applying the Supreme Court judgment on 74 Mill Point Road in its assessment of development applications in the precinct.

But it must have missed the main point that says that building approval should be quashed because it does not meet the aim of the Station Precinct, which is to encourage “employment”.

Serviced apartments will employ a couple of cleaners and a receptionist – no more people than would be employed if the apartments were privately owned.

Therefore, they do nothing to encourage more employment.

By calling these apartments “serviced” council is complicit in allowing developers to use a loophole to get approval for mega high-rise into South Perth against the wishes of the community.

There are more proposals for Mill Point Road coming up for approval in the next weeks: 44 storeys at No 74, 50 storeys at No 76 and 38 storeys at nos 86-90.

All of these are more than the accepted walking distance to the phantom station and all are primarily residential mega towers using this loophole to gain approval. Have your say because, sadly, the Joint Development Assessment Panel and council take your silence as support for their decisions.

VICKI REDDEN, South Perth.