2500 Subiaco residents sign off against height changes to Rokeby Rd developments


Subiaco residents Charlie Schiavitti, Loredana Schiavitti, Deputy Mayor Judith Gedero and Mayor Penny Taylor with the petition of 2500 signatures against Scheme Amendment 35.
Subiaco residents Charlie Schiavitti, Loredana Schiavitti, Deputy Mayor Judith Gedero and Mayor Penny Taylor with the petition of 2500 signatures against Scheme Amendment 35.

SUBIACO residents brought a 2500 signature petition to council this week protesting any height changes for Rokeby Road developments.

The petition coincided with the end of submissions for Scheme Amendment 35 to the Town Planning Scheme, which would include an increase to the height limit on the western side of Rokeby from Hamersley to Nicholson roads from 12m to 18.5m.

Loredana Schiavitti said she had lived at her nearby home for 67 years, and husband Charlie (73) had been heading out each morning, except Sundays, for more than a month to walk the streets and gather signatures.

“He has been largely met with people eager to support him, both residents and visitors, and who all cannot understand why council would even be considering such an amendment,” she said.

“He comes home every day exhausted but hasn’t faltered for a moment; he can’t, because our house is all we have.”

The Schiavittis and Save Rokeby South organiser Genevieve Binnie arrived early at council chambers ahead of this week’s meeting to give their petition to Deputy Mayor Judith Gedero, who presented the petition to the council.

Ms Binnie said the petition was a ‘real reflection of the city’.

“It’s galvanised the neighbourhood, and I think that’s a very good thing; we all need to get involved,” she said.

Four residents made statements against Scheme Amendment 35 at the council meeting.

Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said submissions would be collated for an officer’s report, which will come before council soon.

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