Wanneroo Council considers speed limit, bakery and policies

Landsdale Road. d495732
Landsdale Road. d495732

REDUCING speed limits, a home bakery and policy reviews were issues covered at the latest Wanneroo Council meeting.

Concerns about pedestrian safety, particularly primary schools children, prompted a call for a lower speed limit in Landsdale at the August 27 council meeting.

South Ward Councillor Brett Treby, who is up for re-election next month, successfully put forward a motion on notice to ask Main Roads to reduce the 60km/h limit to 50km/h on Landsdale Road between Mirrabooka Avenue and Alexander Drive.

He said residents were concerned about speeding in the area and pedestrian movements had increased since a primary school opened nearby.

According to Main Roads data, there were 13 crashes in five years from 2014 to 2018, three of which resulted in medical severity and six causing major property damage.

The City’s traffic data from December 2017 found the 85th percentile speed was 71km/h at the bottom of the hill.

Cr Domenic Zappa said it used to be a rural road but over the past 20 years residential development had built up there.

Cr Zappa said the absence of a street sign indicating where the 50km/h zone started did not “create the right driver behaviour” for the road when there were children running around and riding their bikes

Home bakery approved

AN Alkimos resident has received conditional approval to run a home bakery.

Wanneroo councillors approved Connie Irving’s application for the home business at their August 27 meeting.

One objection was received during public consultation, raising concerns about impact on the area in terms of noise, odour and dust, as well as inadequate parking on site.

Conditions restricted clients to visiting one at a time by prior appointment between 5.30pm and 9pm on weekdays, 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

Wanneroo Showground fencing

CENTRAL Ward Councillor Dot Newton successfully moved a motion on notice to upgrade fencing at Wanneroo Showground.

The City had replaced sections of chain link fence with garrison fencing in July, and planned to replace the rest in 2020-21.

Cr Newton said community and showground users complimented the works done so far and asked the City to do the rest “as soon as possible”.

Her peers agreed to add 150m on the western and northern boundaries to the project and consider listing the remaining work as part of the 2019-20 mid-year budget review.

It is expected to cost $230,000.

Brand strategy adopted

A BRAND strategy to capture the “personality, aspirations and features” of communities in the City of Wanneroo received council approval recently.

According to a council report, the strategy for 2019-20 to 2022-23 aligns with the City’s vision in its strategic community plan.

The report said the City would create a brand book and style guide to define its logo, typography and visual language to ensure consistency in communication.

Planning policies revoked

WANNEROO Council agreed to revoke its local planning policies for activity centres and interim local rural strategy at its August meeting.

The decision followed a review that determined the 2014 activity centres policy was no longer necessary because a state planning policy covered its objectives.

A review of the 2000 rural strategy found its polices were no longer appropriate, relevant or necessary because they were based on planning frameworks 20 years ago and therefore “out of date”.

Site works policy review

THE City of Wanneroo is seeking feedback on a review of its local planning policy site works and retaining for residential development.

The 2017 policy is under review and proposed amendments include removing development application submission requirements and reference to a section relating to R-codes and multiple dwellings.

Public consultation will close on October 18. Visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au to make a submission.

Donations and sponsorship

WANNEROO Council approved a $600 sponsorship request for Equestrian WA to send three riders to the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships in NSW in late September.

Councillors approved another $600 sponsorship for The Academy of Mixed Martial Arts to send three athletes to the Pan Pacific BJJ Championships in Melbourne in October.

They also approved a $642 donation to the North Coastal Children’s Community Choir to buy a mixing console and computer for events.

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