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Traffic Calming on Liddelow Road

Posted by Ian Thurston on January 10, 2017 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Heavy trucks of all sorts continue to use Liddelow Road to by-pass the Freeway and its junction with Armadale Road. When the new section of the widened Freeway opens by end December general truck usage of Liddelow Road might reduce but the sand trucks from Wattleup will most likely still find their way through Banjup on their way to Piara.

As part of its traffic calming plans, the City of Cockburn will construct a roundabout at Liddelow and Gibbs beginning in April 2017. Some land acquisition is required and native title concerns to be resolved.

Water Corporation to withdraw 1.5 GL more

Posted by Ian Thurston on January 10, 2017 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Department of Water has authorised the Water Corporation to withdraw a further 1.5 gigalitres from the Jandakot Mound, making 4.4 GL in all.

The Water Corporation plans to have 50% of its supplies coming from groundwater by 2022. Resisting increased withdrawals from the Jandakot Mound will become more difficult as Perth’s population increases and the dams dry up.

Odour from Fertilizer Plant

Posted by Ian Thurston on September 24, 2015 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

There is an occasional odour from the Richgro fertilizer plant in Acourt Road. Apparently, the agency responsible for monitoring odour is the Department of Environmental Regulation. You can report bad smells here.

The more reports there are about bad smells, the more likely somehting will be done about them.

Cockburn Will Fix the Rates Problem and Council Applauds the BRG

Posted by Ian Thurston on September 10, 2015 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

At last – the City of Cockburn accepted that the “average” rate rise was not 3.5% but was almost double at 6.4%. Cockburn’s CEO admitted that the council staff had made an error in setting the rates and proposed that money should be refunded to ratepayers to bring the average down to about 3.8%. At their September meeting, Councillors agreed and a letter of apology and refunds of $50 to $1000 will soon be posted to ratepayers.

Banjup Residents have been pressing Cockburn on the rates problem since 11 June. We were dismissed or ignored on 22 occasions. Our persistence has paid off and we are pleased that the problem has now been fixed.

On 10 September, BRG Committee members met with the Cockburn CEO and senior officers for a candid discussion of the rates issues and how the City proposed to fix the problems. Afterwards, Committee members made a statement at our deputation to that evening’s Council meeting. This is what we said:

 

Statement Read to Council

Banjup Residents appreciate the time taken on 10 September by the Cockburn CEO and senior officers to explain the rates issues to us.

Banjup Residents are pleased that:

  • The City has now acknowledged that it did have a problem with the rates
  • A thorough investigation has revealed the scale of the problem
  • Ratepayers will be refunded the City’s over-collection
  • The City has given Banjup Residents open access to the rates data and calculations

However, we are concerned that our representations were dismissed or ignored for 10 weeks. If the City had listened, the rates problem could have been fixed much earlier without the angst and expense that has affected us all.

We hope that the City will learn from this experience and listen better to ratepayers’ concerns.

[Referring to the officers’ report to council], we need to put the record straight:

  • Banjup Residents did not “purport” that not billing additional waste was the cause of the higher rates bills.
  • Purport means to “falsely represent” and we did no such thing.
  • We find it offensive for us to be described so in the Officers Report to Council. We ask that the officer’s statement be corrected and reflected in the minutes of the Council meeting.

Banjup Residents look forward to a more transparent rate setting process next year.

 

Councillor Questions

Cllr Houwen asked how the BRG had alerted the City to the rates problem. The BRG replied that since 11 June they had made 22 separate approaches by email and presentations to the Mayor, councillors, the CEO, and the Finance Director. In preparation for its 21 June General Meeting, the BRG Committee had discovered that the average rates rises were not the 3.5% promised by Cockburn but were closer to 7.5%. At that meeting of 70 ratepayers, which was attended by the Mayor, councillors, and the Finance Director, the City dismissed the BRG’s calculations and maintained that they were right.

Cllr Smith asked if the BRG was pleased with the outcome of the rates review process. The BRG replied that we were but disappointed that it had taken so long.

The Mayor and councillors thanked the BRG for their continual efforts in bringing the rates problem to the City’s attention. Councillors then clapped their hands to applaud the Banjup Residents Group.

The BRG representatives thanked the Council for their kind sentiments.

"3.5% average" rates rise really 7.9%

Posted by Ian Thurston on August 13, 2015 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The BRG made a deputation to the Cockburn Council meeting of 13 August 2015. We wanted to show councillors how much in error the rate setting had been.

We wanted to make these points:

  • 3.5% average rate rise is not correct – the real average is over double that – 7.9%
  • 14,000 ratepayers have had 8% rises or more
  • Additional Waste charges for 2,000 ratepayers are now being smeared across all 37,000 ratepayers, at a cost to them of $1.97 million
  • Next year, pensioners will be worse off under the rubbish roll up scheme
  • Council has the legal ability to refund overcharged rates
  • Refunding $1.97 million will reduce the actual rates rise to 4%

 

5 minutes into our presentation the Mayor told us that our time was up. Cllr Allen said that Council's Standing Orders allowed for more time to be given, so, after referring to those orders, we got a further 5 minutes plus a bit more for a few questions. We scampered through the rest of the presentation but we were not able to drive our points home as we would have wished.

The next 3 deputations were all about a proposed petrol station in Hamilton Hill. The Mayor allowed them free rein and Council ended up spending at least 45 minutes on the matter in deputation. Just shows where the priorities lie,

Towards the end of the meeting, Council did agree that October's internal audit of Cockburn by Deloittes be extended to rate setting. We trust that all will be revealed then.

You can download our presentation to council here.

New locality name - "Treeby"

Posted by Ian Thurston on July 29, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (4)

Many Banjup residents have signed a petition urging Cockburn to consider the name "Treeby" for the new urban locality in the old sand quarry.They agree with this contention:

Fourteen men of Banjup served their country during the First World War. 6 were killed and 4 were wounded. For nowhere else in Western Australia was the toll proportionately so heavy. It must have been a severe blow to the small Banjup community of those days to lose so many young men.

Three Banjup families sent three sons each to the war: Joyce, Ribe, and Treeby. A son of each of those families died either at Gallipoli or on the western front. Three other sons were wounded and three others survived.

In this centenary year of Gallipoli, it is fitting to honour those early and ordinary Banjup men who served and died for Australia. Today’s Banjup residents would like the new urban locality that is arising from the old Banjup sand quarries to be named after one of those families that sent their sons to war for Australia. Too often, we commemorate generals – let us commemorate the ordinary troopers.

At a community meeting on 12 July, residents expressed an overwhelming preference for “Treeby”. A petition in support of this name has been prepared.

Ernest Treeby returned home from the War. His grandson is Steve Treeby who lives in Wandi. Steve would be honoured for the new locality to be named for his heroic forebears. A letter from Steve accompanies this submission.

Although the City’s formal policy is to adopt aboriginal names for new localities, the case for “Treeby”, with its long historical and honoured connection has considerable merit. By contrast, “Quendalup” – place of the bandicoot – has no specific relevance to the area. Banjup and Jandakot both already recognise in their names the traditional owners of the area.

Banjup residents urge the City of Cockburn to consider “Treeby” as a real alternative name for the new urban locality in north Banjup.

You can download a petition form here to express your support for Treeby. Contact the BRG Secretary at [email protected] by 9 August to submit your petitions with as many names from your neioghbours as you can muster.

North Banjup & Jandakot Want to Be Rezoned

Posted by Ian Thurston on July 25, 2015 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Community meetings were held on 12 and 21 July specifically for north Banjup and north Jandakot residents to discuss their response to the WA Planning Commission's [email protected] proposal.

60 or 70 people attended each meeting. Together they represent 77 individual properties in north Banjup and north Jandakot. Almost unanimously, they saw that their tranquil rural lifestyles would be lost if the proposed developments in the WAPC plan and with the further expansion of the Jandakot City commercial park.

Residents resolved to join the Banjup Residents Group submission to the WAPC that urges the rezoning of land approximately between Jandakot Road and the Jandakot Airport for commercial or urban development.

All registered Banjup and Jandakot rural residents will be invited to review and comment on the BRG submission before it is delivered to the WAPC by 31 July.

You can download the final BRG submission here.

Cockburn Yet to Show Rate Rises Average 3.5%

Posted by Ian Thurston on July 10, 2015 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (3)

Members who attended the 21 June meeting of the BRG will recall that Cockburn’s Finance Director maintained that he was right and we were wrong about the average rate rise. He said it was 3.5% and we said it was 8%. He said he would meet with us to explain.

Well, we wrote to him on 25 June enclosing our calculations and suggesting that we meet. We did not even get an acknowledgement and we are still waiting for an explanation.

Rate notices will be in the post in the next week or two, so we wanted to be able to tell members what the average rate rise really is. Whose calculations were right? Becoming frustrated by being ignored or dismissed we resorted to Freedom of Information legislation and requested from Cockburn all documents relating to setting of the rates for 2015/16.

You would have thought that that would have got their attention. Well, no-one yet has picked up the phone or sent an email saying let’s sort this out.

What is causing the delay? Have they found yet another mistake?

We are particularly concerned about the equity in the rating system now that pensioners “have been given a break” by rolling rubbish into the general rate so that a bigger rebate from the State government can be claimed

The result of this roll up is that an average non-pensioner in Cockburn will pay $109 more so that an average pensioner can pay $195 less. In Banjup many non-pensioners will pay $193 more so pensioners can pay $154 less.

None of these implications appear to have been mentioned to councillors when they approved the rates at their 11 June meeting.

See our Rates page for a full description of our calculations.

North Banjup Surrounded

Posted by Ian Thurston on July 3, 2015 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The WA government’s [email protected] plan will see north Banjup surrounded within 15 years. Will you recognise your land then? You might be 5 acres of bush surrounded by housing estates, big commercial centres, an airport, and 6 lane highways.

The Western Australian Planning Commission is seeking public comment on its proposals for Perth having a population of 3.5 people. Some of its proposals directly impact Banjup north of Armadale Road; they include:

  • Urban development of the old sand quarries
  • Jandakot Road straightened and dual carriageway
  • Berrigan Drive to Jandakot City dual carriageway
  • Jandakot City major commercial centre
  • Link roads from Jandakot airport to Berrigan, Solomon, and Warton

Implications of these proposals on north Banjup could include:

  • Rural ambience eroded
  • Planning blight
  • More and more noise
  • More and more stress

Do you want to resist all this or do you want to have your land rezoned?

Banjup residents will make a strong submission to the WA Planning Commission by 31 July. A residents' meeting is arranged for Sunday 12 July at 11:00 am at the Banjup Hall, Oxley Road. Make sure to come along and put your questions to expert speakers.

You can find out more about at [email protected] here

North Banjup to be renamed Quendalup

Posted by Ian Thurston on July 3, 2015 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (9)

Cockburn council is about to rename all of Banjup north of Armadale RoadQuendalup”, which is Nyungar for “place of the Bandicoot”.

This administrative decision has been recommended to the Cockburn council meeting on 9 July with no consultation with the people who live there. The aboriginal people who proposed the name live in Fremantle, Coolbellup, and Kwinana.

Banjup residents understood that a new name was being sought for the new urban areas of the Calleya estate and those that will arise similarly from the old sand quarry. To adopt the new name for all of the rural properties north of Armadale Road as well will confuse everyone, not least those who have lived there for 30 years.

Cockburn administrators have loaded the name adoption process in their favour by requiring that more than 50% of landowners in north Banjup must write to object to the new name. Given a turnout of 20% in local elections, they will think they have it stitched up.

 

You need to act now to stop the bureaucrats.

 

Come to the north Banjup residents’ meeting on 12 July, as advertised, and sign a petition objecting to the name change. There must be a 50% turnout of property owners to be successful.

Download the Cockburn council papers here


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