It is sometimes said that local governments promote sub-divisions and high rise in order to fill their coffers. The logic is, the more dwellings there are, the more money coming in. This is incorrect. Continue reading Does Infill Financially Benefit Local Governments?
The Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary redevelopment has been a terrific success, and the City has received a number of awards over it. Predominantly these are for the wetlands management, water management and general project delivery; not necessarily in creating a better bird sanctuary. Let’s do that by planting more trees; hundreds of them.
What a pleasure it was deciding to come here tonight rather than make the trek to Malaga, Osborne Park or Belmont and visit one of the major chains – Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Kambos etc. If you need a washing machine, dryer, fridge/freezer or microwave, this is where you should come first. I have no doubt about that. Continue reading Fridge & Washer City – Central Ward Business Review
A lovely house with a truly magnificent tree. Certainly a significant tree. Somewhat ironic that the house which bears the negatives of the tree (perceived and real) receives the benefits of the shade, but the main beneficiaries are the streets surrounding the property which are able to view the tree in its splendour. So how can the tree be protected so that the hundreds of houses surrounding it can continue to benefit? Continue reading Significant Tree Register – City of Baywsater
This is Caroline and Duncan. They are pretty amazing people, and what they have achieved is acknowledged throughout Australia, and beyond our shores. They are the founders of URBAN FOOD STREET™ and they are coming to WA. You have the opportunity to hear their inspirational, community building story – for free. Event Flyer Continue reading The URBAN FOOD STREET™ Story
Please, let me share a story which illustrates a failing in our State planning & environmental systems. Continue reading The System is Broken
Recently there have been a few people express an interest in being a councillor. This usually happens a few months out from an election, so I thought I’d share my views and give a brief background to those who may not be familiar with council. Continue reading Thinking About Becoming A Councillor?
Reducing red tape
A small but significant event occurred in the March committee meeting. Otherwise unreported due to the insignificant impact it will have in the grand scheme of things. It does however signify a change in thinking, and more importantly a change in strategic direction which the council has now given to the officers. (Council set the strategic direction, officers implement the strategy and run the City’s operations) Continue reading Red Tape Reduction
The final results of the 2017 State election for the East Metropolitan Region have been declared. And it is catastrophic for the Liberals. Continue reading The Humiliation Is Complete
NorthLink WA is an impressive project, but it should not be allowed to unfairly impact the residents in close proximity to it. Yet it does. Continue reading NorthLink Problem
I quite like Colin Barnett, I’ve even kept the birthday card he sent me a few years ago. But regardless of my personal views of him, I’m certainly not going to let the pissant “senior Liberal insiders” comments in today’s West Australian go unanswered. Continue reading State Election Day
For the first time I have a guest blogger. From here on, the words are from Cr Dan Bull.
For quite some time now many, many members of the public, along with numerous local Councils and Councillors have been protesting against the undemocratic State Government Development Assessment Panels and State Administrative Tribunal. Continue reading Structure Plan Regulations
Most State legislation dictates that any required advertising by a local government needs to be in the local newspaper and/or The West Australian. No doubt everyone’s come across these little adverts buried in the middle of a newspaper. Other than the cost, and the fact that readership of newspapers is ever declining, the big problem is that often that the people who happen across the advert, aren’t the ones who are being advertised to. Continue reading Advertising & Consulting – Planning Development Applications
Slap bang in the middle of Progress Street, between the Galleria and Coventry Village, is an excellent café/restaurant called ‘Chatters’. My wife and I decided to pop in there last night for a meal, and it was such a pleasant experience I felt compelled to write this blog article. Continue reading Chatters – Central Ward Business Review