City of Wanneroo still concerned about effects of growth plan


More detailed Green Growth Plan maps show potential conservation areas.
More detailed Green Growth Plan maps show potential conservation areas.

CITY of Wanneroo officers and councillors are still concerned about the effects of a State Government plan despite more information being released.

The City’s response to the Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million was going to be put to council at the April 5 meeting but was removed from the agenda because more detailed mapping was released and the public comment extended until May 13.

Councillors will decide at next week’s council meeting whether to endorse a submission stating the plan cannot be supported until the State Government provides consultation with landowners, detailed mapping showing affected land, cost implications and implementation details.

They echoed officer’s concerns about the plan at Tuesday’s briefing, with councillor Brett Treby questioning the impacts of 300ha of land identified in east Wanneroo as possibly being retained for environmental purposes.

“Is it fair to suggest this may well have an impact on any concept of affordable housing and affordable housing?” he said.

City planning and sustainability acting director Mark Dickson said there was uncertainty regarding the future development of east Wanneroo.

“There will be an impact on affordable areas,” he said.

“It is reasonable to assume that not of all that will be required to be protected (but) it is difficult for us to provide certainty.”

Councillors shocked at lack of clarity in Growth Plan.

Cr Dianne Guise reiterated she was “gobsmacked” at the plan’s lack of clarity and its apparent inconsistency with the recently released Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) amendment to rezone land in east Wanneroo from rural to urban deferred.

“The (State) departments don’t talk to each other and this sorry mess continues,” she said.

“What we have here is land that may or not be protected and once again no indication of costing for what this may mean to residents.”

Cr Treby likened the scenario to “someone crossing the road reading the MRS on their phone and about to be hit by a road train, which is the Green Growth Plan”.

Cr Winton asked Mr Dickson which document residents should be paying most attention to.

“One doesn’t override another; one will impact on the implementation of the other,” he said.

He said it was likely the plan and amendment would have different timelines for implementation.

“There is concern the two documents will be on separate tracks and not aligned.”