Bayswater Concrete Batching Plant

white flag

After a long six year fight, recent news signals that the proposed concrete batching plant, in close proximity to Bayswater houses, will become a reality. The people who live and/or work in the vicinity have been severely let down by numerous State government departments. And I for one am out of ideas. Continue reading Bayswater Concrete Batching Plant

Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary – Part 2

Perth Voice 2

We have an issue in Western Australia. It’s not one that can be fixed by simply changing political parties; it is one which is entrenched. The Department of Main Roads, Department of Education and Department of Planning have shown that the environment is not something they are concerned about. Continue reading Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary – Part 2

Percent for Public Art?

Balancing Dollar

As a Councillor, one of the things we can do is table a motion at a council meeting. This is a tremendously powerful opportunity, but with it comes a certain level of responsibility. So, prior to any motions I have moved, I generally run it by the relevant Director at the City to check that my objective is actually achievable. There are a few benefits of doing this, including not making staff needlessly prepare a 4 or 5 page report on the merits, or otherwise, of a motion. Continue reading Percent for Public Art?

Political Interest Register

Political Interest Register

I think it is understandable that some Councillors have an attraction to politics and, ergo political parties. But I wonder whether the public has a right to know what, if any, ties their Council representatives have with registered political parties. As such I am considering moving a motion that the City of Bayswater introduces a Political Interest Register. I seek your view on this. Continue reading Political Interest Register

Concrete Batching Plant – Bayswater

Batching Plant(Picture used for illustrative purposes only and does not represent the proposed plant)

Further to my earlier blog post requesting people to make a submission to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), unfortunately the EPA have decided that whilst the proposed concrete batching plant “raises a number of environmental issues … the overall environmental impact … is not so significant as to require an assessment by the EPA”. This is a poor decision in the eyes of the community who will have to live near the proposed noxious industry. There is still hope though.  Continue reading Concrete Batching Plant – Bayswater

City of Bayswater Transparency


Courtesy of ‘Scaffidigate’ and multiple undisclosed overseas trips, transparency and accountability are front and centre for local governments – and the community we serve. I’m pleased to advise that the City of Bayswater is now joining the City of Vincent at the forefront of transparency.  Continue reading City of Bayswater Transparency

Are we becoming the City of Signs?

No Standing sign

When we really look at a streetscape what do we see? Do we see beauty which mindfully piques our interest and stimulates us to exist in a better way or are we flattened in boredom? Personally I have a problem with signs and think there are far too many of them. A small change will go a long way in fixing that though. Continue reading Are we becoming the City of Signs?


Get to know police                        (picture: WA Police website)

There has been a lot of press coverage over the increasing crime rates in Western Australia.  It’s actually to be expected because when the economy slows and unemployment rises, crime increases. Nonetheless it does provide a good opportunity for me to float an idea I have been mulling over for a couple of years now. Continue reading “OUR COMMUNITY” EXPO