Gnangara urban growth revoked by City of Wanneroo

THE City of Wanneroo council has reversed a decision to provisionally support a State Government plan that could see Gnangara properties zoned urban expansion.

A submission to the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) endorsed at a July 21 meeting included rezoning rural land east and west of Sydney Road and west of Badgerup Road.

Councillors recently backed Deputy Mayor Dot Newton’s motion to revoke the decision and to ask the WAPC to properly consult residents on their views on the future use of the area.

It called for the structure plan to be released as a draft for public comment rather than a final plan.

Representing the Gnangara Residents Action Group, Cathy Broadbent told councillors native bird, reptile and marsupial life, including the threatened Carnaby’s Cockatoo, used the area for food foraging, shelter, nesting and reproduction.

“It’s our opinion that this land where we are in Gnangara should be retained as semi-rural with the existing guidelines remaining in place for the preservation of native flora and the resulting fauna within this area,” she said.

She said it would also help to mitigate ‘urban heat island effect’.

“Subdivision for urban expansion will only serve to exacerbate the heat from urbanisation,” she said.

At a briefing last month, she said residents’ research and inquiries into the timeline of the WAPC’s draft revealed it could be imposed within five years.

Cr Newton said her motion was the result of a phone call from residents disappointed the council had supported the plan.

“I personally had not noticed the plan had now included their area and I was devastated to find out that was the case,” she said.

She said the lack of community consultation by the State Government was “deplorable”.

Cr Dianne Guise said it was key residents had their say.

She said things had moved in the released draft framework and there were some “fatal flaws”.

“Thank you for picking up what was missed,” Cr Guise said.

“Our position is clear in terms of our message to government and to the WAPC; we are keen to work with them so you definitely get your say in terms of how this rolls out in the future, and so we can provide you with the certainty that you need about that future.”