Back in July 2015 a Councillor moved the above. In January 2018, an agenda item further progressed this to a draft policy for implementation from 1 July 2018. Next week, the draft policy comes to the Community, Technical, Finance & Corporate Services Committee for possible adoption. The financial implications may be significant. Continue reading Pensioner Subsidies
BOOM! Things have changed.
The City of Bayswater earned some widespread praise for their verge policy released late last year, but I don’t think that compares with the policy passed last night.
I feel confident in claiming this as an Australian first. Continue reading Power to the People – Pocket Gardens
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?
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
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
I am incredibly pleased with the proposed verge policy which will come to Tuesday’s council meeting for formal ratification. Having read dozens of verge policies from all around Australia, the City of Bayswater’s will be the most empowering in the nation. Continue reading Edible and Waterwise Verges
I was really pleased to see the way that the City recently planted trees along Rudloc Road, Morley. Whilst some people may prefer the look of trees on a raised kerb (such as the tree in the middle background of the picture), I think it makes more sense to plant them at road level whenever possible. Continue reading Tree Planting at Street Level
It has been raised by some councillors at neighbouring councils that there should be independent member/s on their audit committees, including for the chair. Worse still, it has also been mooted that this should be forced upon all councils; hence my interest. So, whilst not an exciting topic, I still thought I’d provide my thoughts on why this is unnecessary, slightly counter-productive and may only serve to increase costs. Continue reading Corporate Governance & the Audit Committee
Green space is important. And, as the picture shows, also in short supply within the Morley city centre. The Water Corporation own the green spaces you can see in the aerial picture of Morley and it has been fenced off from the public (the ultimate owners) for far too long. Fortunately that is soon to change. Continue reading Morley Compensating Basin
Due to the destruction of the wetlands around the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, I submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Planning on the 27th of July. I have now received the documents I sought. Continue reading Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary – Part 3
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
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