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Rural Residents Must Be Heard !!


Cockburn officers reject rezoning

Posted by Ian Thurston on October 6, 2017 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Cockburn officers have recommended to Council not to seek rezoning of rural Jandakot and Treeby.

They recommend that Council:

(1) emphasise a vision to retain the rural areas of Jandakot and Treeby (outside the Treeby District Structure Plan area) through actions to restore rural amenity levels;

(2) communicate its decision to affected rural resource landowners, and explain key reasons for this decision including needing to balance the significant strategic and environmental considerations that exist in respect of the Jandakot and Treeby rural resource areas;

This is a great disappointment to our members. You can download the officers' report here.

Your Committee will determine what action to take next and shall be in contact very soon. In the meantime, please let us know your thoughts.

Protect or Not Banjup's Rural Amenity

Posted by Ian Thurston on September 27, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

At the general meeting of 10 September, members reflected on the loss of rural amenity in Jandakot and Treeby and what the implications might be for Banjup south of Armadale Road. We noted that urbanization is pressing on Banjup on all sides and we could be white anted by developers until not much of our rural amenity is left.

Banjup residents could embrace urbanization and actively seek rezoning or we could actively protect our rural amenity. Your Committee is seeking all members’ views on this matter over the coming months so that we can determine a consensus with which the BRG can move forward. A thread on the BRG Facebook facilitates that discussion.

Alternatively, please add your thoughts to this page. Thanks.

You can download the presentation materials from the 10 September meeting here. Go to page 38 to see the slides on Banjup amenity. The alternative motions on pages 48 and 49 were not put to the meeting. They were shown only to focus residents’ minds on the crux of the questions before us.

Note that your Committee has adopted no position on this matter. We seek only to facilitate debate.

Vision document supported by 84 rural landowners

Posted by Ian Thurston on August 19, 2017 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The BRG Committee thanks the many of you who responded so constructively to our first draft of the Vision for rural Jandakot and Treeby. None of the 84 rural residents north of Armadale we consulted say that they do not want the land rezoned.

We have used all of your comments in our final draft, (download here), that we hope that you will be able to support. Please let us know if you believe that your views have not been fully represented and we shall endeavour to make appropriate changes.

Despite repeated questioning by Councillors Chamonix Terblanche and Steve Portelli on your behalf, Cockburn officers have still not clarified what are their next steps in determining a Vision on behalf of rural residents. We are not confident that anything meaningful will be delivered by Cockburn officers by 6 September, which is the date set by a Council resolution of 8 June. We must not miss this opportunity to get a clear Vision in front of the WA Planning Commission and so we have had to prepare the Vision ourselves. We shall then have to press all Councillors to ensure that it is properly championed to the WA state government.

Please complete Cockburn's survey by 31 August using the guidance that has been emailed separately to all members.


Posted by Ian Thurston on August 5, 2017 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

What Is Cockburn Up To?

Cockburn’s Vision survey is heavily loaded towards preserving the rural zoning of Jandakot and Treeby. It focuses on environmental considerations only and makes no mention of the needs of the people living in the rural areas.

If members answer the loaded survey questions in the way that Cockburn wants, then Cockburn would very likely say that residents accept that the zoning should not be changed – because that seems to be what Cockburn wants to achieve.

Common Vision

We believe that it is critical that residents put forward a common Vision. Otherwise Cockburn could claim that residents are divided and that no common position can be achieved – divide and rule.

To counter Cockburn’s strategy and in the absence of a meaningful lead from the City, the Committee has prepared a draft paper that members might wish to use as the basis for a Vision. You can download the paper here.

The Committee has no intention of being prescriptive. The paper is just a starting point upon which we can build. If you do not agree with the areas, the rationale, or the timing suggested, do not be backward at coming forward – we want to get to a Vision that most of us can support.

Be Realistic

Be aware, though, that our Vision must be realistic and achievable. Look at the issues as if you were a ‘Man from Mars’ – would he think that our eventual Vision is fair and reasonable? We do not want to give Cockburn or the WA Planning Commission an opportunity to claim that we are being unrealistic.

Hold Off on the Survey

Your Committee still advises you not to complete Cockburn’s survey yet. After we have heard back from you by the end of next week 13 August 2017, we shall write again to suggest a consistent way in which we can all submit the common Vision.

Cockburn's Information Forum on Rural Jandakot and Treeby

Posted by Ian Thurston on August 5, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

About 140 people attended Cockburn’s Information Forum on Monday evening, 31 July. There were few under 40 years of age, the demographic for the new residents of urban Treeby, so about 90% (say 125) would have been rural property owners. The BRG Committee applauds your commitment to making your voices heard.

The overwhelming mood of the meeting was that land north of Armadale Road should be rezoned to ‘Urban’ because its rural amenity is being irretrievably eroded by adjacent dense housing, extensive commercial parks, and heavy truck and car traffic. Residents wish it were not so, because they moved to the area for its tranquillity and rural amenity but now they have to face up to the new reality of a big and growing city on their doorsteps.

Residents called for Cockburn to create a Vision for the rural areas that it could promote to the WA Planning Commission. They wanted the Vision to show how their areas could be developed without leaving them stranded and blighted by planners.

Cockburn proposed to facilitate the visioning with an on-line survey of residents. This sounded promising but a quick look at the survey questions ( http/comment.cockburn.wa.gov.au/jandakot-a-vision-and-com… ) shows that it is heavily loaded to the current zoning. None of the questions are about encroaching industry and commerce, none about the pressures of adjacent dense housing, none about security, and none about heavy and ever-increasing traffic.

Instead, Cockburn has asked residents their opinions on the effectiveness of:

• airport planning

• state rural planning policies

• bush fire prevention policies

• groundwater protection policies

• buffer zones

• native vegetation protection

Answering any of these questions draws residents into Cockburn’s game of denying the need for rezoning.

Stockland and Schaffer employed fancy consultants to show how all of these policies’ restrictions could be overcome or accommodated. They played the game and won. Residents just don’t have the stake money to get a seat at the table, let alone play the game.

We are reminded of Sir Humphrey Appleby in Yes, Minister who might have asked these survey questions:

Sir Humphrey Do you value our countryside?

Resident Yes, of course

Sir Humphrey Do you think our trees and native animals and birds should be protected?

Resident Yes

Sir Humphrey Do you think our native animals should have safe havens near to the City?

Resident Yes

Sir Humphrey Do you think our wetlands are important?

Resident Yes

Sir Humphrey Do you think drinking water should be clean and secure?

Resident Yes

Sir Humphrey Then why the hell do you want to rezone Jandakot and Treeby?

The BRG Committee is urgently considering what recommendations to make to residents on completing Cockburn’s survey. For the time being, the Committee suggests that you hold off on completing the survey.

Treeby District Structure Plan submission

Posted by Ian Thurston on August 5, 2017 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Building on members' comments' the BRG has finalised its submission on the Treeby District Structure Plan (the urban bit!) and has uploaded it to the Cockburn Comment web site. You can see the final submission here.

Treeby Structure Plan and Vision Forum

Posted by Ian Thurston on July 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On 17 July, Cockburn mailed 1,100 letters to residents of Treeby advising them of an “Information Forum” on 31 July about the Treeby Structure Plan and the Jandakot rural Vision. However, many residents north of Armadale Road will not have received the letter but you can find it here.

Your Committee encourages all members and residents of Treeby and Banjup, especially those north of Armadale Road, including those excluded in Cockburn’s letter, to attend the Information Forum. Banjup residents south of Armadale Road will be affected by the Treeby development, especially its impacts on road traffic around and through Banjup.

You can find more about the Information Forum here . Attend whether you register or not; they are hardly going to turn you away. We need to Cockburn to hear all residents’ views about the future of the rural areas and to get them included in the Vision.

BRG draft submission on Treeby Structure Plan

Posted by Ian Thurston on July 15, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The City of Cockburn is seeking public comment on its proposed Treeby District Structure Plan (see here)

The BRG Committee has prepared a draft submission (see here) and seeks members' thoughts upon it by 4 August 2017. Please email any comments to [email protected]

Jandakot Rural Residents Could be Squeezed Further

Posted by Ian Thurston on January 21, 2017 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Schaffer Corporation that owns Urban Stone on Jandakot Road by Berrigan Drive is applying to the City of Cockburn to clear 26 hectares of banksia bushland for commercial development. They also want to build connector roads into the Jandakot City commercial park from Jandakot Road and from Pilatus Street, as below:

In July 2015, Jandakot residents voted overwhelmingly to press the WA Planning Commission through its [email protected] framework to rezone to ‘Urban’ the whole north Jandakot and north Banjup area. This would release landowners from the planning blight that is squeezing the rural properties between the airport commercial park and the residential areas of Calleya / Treeby. These are the areas affected:

After 18 months, no response has been published by the WAPC. The BRG had hoped that by mid-January 2017 the WAPC would have seen the merit in our case and rezoned as we had argued, in which case all landowners, including Schaffer, would have an equal opportunity to develop their land.

In the absence of a decision, the BRG made a submission to the City of Cockburn to the effect that either all landowners are permitted to develop their land or none are. You can download our submission here.

The BRG welcomes all residents’ comments on the draft. You can reach us at [email protected]

Harper Road Mobile Phone Mast

Posted by Ian Thurston on January 10, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In December 2016, Optus applied to Cockburn to approve the erection of a 42 metre high mobile phone mast on a property on the U bend of Harper Road in Banjup. Some Banjup residents who want better mobile voice and data service welcomed the application. However, other Banjup residents were strongly opposed to it being built in the beautiful Banjup landscape and affecting their visual amenity.

The BRG Committee extensively researched the Optus proposal in order to ascertain the facts and to understand the planning approval process. A detailed report was emailed to 232 members on 23 December 2016 seeking feedback. A very few responses were received but they were split evenly between those objecting to and those not opposing the mast.

The BRG Committee resolved to take no formal position on the mast. Instead, it resolved to make 2 submissions to the City of Cockburn: one objecting to the mast and the other not opposing it. You can download the covering letter, which includes important notes, here, the objecting submission here, and the not opposing submission here.