Julie Matheson

Business Specialist CFP | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser

Subi East by DWA

Your WA State Government has removed local government electors from the planning and development process by ignoring them!

Subi East is one such area. Yes, there is tick a box public consultation and a working group where information on what the government wants is presented. The aim is to ask individuals for their comments and then ignore electors and makes them pay.

According to John Godfrey of Shenton Park the Master Plan is a result of DWA ignoring the electors and ratepayers will pay:

  • Severely limited access to Subi Oval reserve for residents and ratepayers. Bob Hawke College then WA Football , community team groups and finally the residents.
  • Subi ratepayers will pay the ‘lions share’ for its maintenance and lighting
  • The proposed extra dwellings is planned to be 2900 extra in Subi East meaning some 6000 extra residents requiring 3.9 Ha active open space for their health, according to departmental recommendation standards. But that will not happen as the “Master Plan” does not include it!
  • And two to three extra primary schools will be needed but there is no planning for them
  • Most of the land freed up with the removal of the grandstands will go to Bob Hawke College.
  • There will be high density dwellings in the area and around the Oval. The height range will be from 8 to 30 storeys on a precious reserve.
  • Given the population increase and height of the dwellings, can you imagine the traffic chaos; and the planning for it is not there.
  • The ‘negotiators’ suggested the following were needed:
    • 6 X Hard Courts and area Parking facilities (both have been said as not needed by Subiaco Council Administration) and a Community Hub (an estimated 40 million project) costed to the Subi Ratepayers and with the loss of “Lords” and another East ward parking area that will lose money.

Electors vote for councillors and a mayor to represent them in local government under the Local Government Act 1995, s2.10. These elected members are sidelined, ignored and expected to increase rates to pay for the State Government’s poor planning and development in Western Australia.

Development WA is a State Government agency appointed to develop areas without approval from local government. These areas include:

  • Alkimos
  • Armadale
  • Broome
  • Cockburn
  • Fremantle
  • Kalgoorlie
  • Karratha
  • Midland
  • Nedlands
  • Perth City
  • Scarborough
  • Subiaco

Built form for the Reserve should only contain public buildings and focus on recreational sports space.

Get on board for Subiaco’s heritage

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