Polish our ‘jewel in the crown’

make city shine, says developer
make city shine, says developer

Dale Alcock, a former bricklayer from Kellerberrin in the Wheatbelt, is among WA’s most successful homebuilders and a leading employer of apprentices.

He was the guest speaker at the City of Stirling’s Mayoral Business Breakfast last week.

Mr Alcock discussed his affinity with the City of Stirling and how although he lives in the western suburbs, 15 of his 21 businesses are within the City of Stirling.

‘Increasingly, the City of Stirling is central,’ Mr Alcock said.

‘It is easily accessible. I think as Perth grows, the City of Stirling really does look central to the City of Perth.

However, he expressed how Herdsman needed a ‘dusting off’.

‘It is a jewel in the crown of the City of Stirling. I think there needs to be some reinvesting and focus in that and truly make it shine for what it is and that is an outstanding office precinct.’

The developer then went on to acknowledge the City of Stirling’s approach to residential development.

‘If you look at residential development within the City of Stirling, a lot of the higher density is already here,

‘A lot of the arguments we are having in other authorities, have already occurred in the City and hence we have done a lot of building work within this jurisdiction.’

He congratulated Mayor Giovanni Italiano and Stirling staff for their forward thinking about its new economic tourism and development strategy and online building application initiative, but then asked why other bureaucracies had not adopted the same approach.

Mr Alcock said developers should be seen as major clients of bureaucracies, not as adversaries and a ‘can-do approach’ needed to be adopted.

He explained that he was unashamedly a local government reform advocate and expressed his frustration in dealing with the rules and regulations of 39 individual councils because of a lack of uniformity. ‘Industry is log-jammed,’ Mr Alcock said.

Outside the breakfast, Mr Alcock told the Times it was difficult to see any developmental progress in the western suburbs, mostly because of a noisy minority of individuals.

‘Why couldn’t Stirling Highway be a fantastic boulevard with density?’

He also said offering more affordable housing options in the western suburbs would mean older people could downsize, a more diverse cultural and economic mix of people could move in and generations of families could live in the same suburbs.

‘Different demographics could be brought into some of the mono-cultured, expensive suburbs,’ he said.

‘They (western suburbs) shouldn’t be elitist, but an eclectic mix.

‘If something is possible, let’s look at it with an open mind. As Australians we think we are cool and relaxed, but many of us are actually selfish.’

He said that the cities we travel to and adore are the ones that are diverse and do not comprise a mono-culture.