Chris is keen to hear your views and what is important in your lives. Please let him know.

Contact Details

Chris can be contacted via:
C/- City of Bayswater
61 Broun Ave, Morley, WA 6062

M: 040 999 8330



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  1. Hi, I saw something somewhere (can’t remember!) about commenting on upcoming Bayswater initiatives around accessibility. The lack of footpaths in bayswater creates a barrier to kids, the disabled and those without cars getting around. I’m sick of seeing mums pushing prams on the road. Is there any action I can take to get some answers about this?

    1. Hi Bronwyn, Thanks for your enquiry. There is currently community consultation being sought for an ongoing ‘Traffic Management Study’ and this includes pedestrian traffic. You can find the details here- . The study is broken into different precincts and so you can either comment on a specific precinct or (I presume) specify multiple ones.
      In addition, as you mention the disabled, it would be appropriate to also comment on the current community consultation for the current ‘Disability Access and Inclusion Plan’. Details of which you can find here –
      I can assure you that it does make a difference when the community make comments during the various consultations that the City does, so I it would be great if you did.

  2. Hi Mr Cornish,

    Thank you for the great job you are doing as a Councillor for the City of Bayswater.

    I was encouraged to read that you too have concerns about the amount of multiple dwellings going up in the Morley area. Our roads are the old grid system and we don’t seem to have enough area for parking but my main concern is the lack of yard for children to play in. This impacts in so many ways such as kids spending time in the shed with dad or gramps or mum learning how to build and fix things, which impacts on their problem solving skills, their fine motor control and even their literacy skills in that they do not spend time ‘doing’ and talking with an adult and building up vocabulary that helps their literacy. Also, kids need an area to play safely and to be able to build, create and explore spontaneously. These days children have to have ‘playdates’ organised by an adult and this stops a lot of spontaneous, imaginative play.

    Oops, I did not mean to go on so much and of course there is an argument for both big and small living arears, I just wanted to say that I’m glad I voted for you in the last election and you have my vote in the 2015 election in October.

    Thank you for the great work you are doing,

    Kind regards

    1. Thanks Helen for your kind words; much appreciated. There is no question in my mind that the current rules for multiple dwellings will forever alter the amenity of our community in a negative way. There is no question that they serve a purpose and are good in certain areas, but unfortunately the current rules don’t limit them to certain areas. Not sure if you have read my blog article on the problems with multiple dwellings, if not you may find it of interest.

  3. Good morning Chris,
    I’ve just finished reading your proposal to use the Burnley method of tree valuation to help protect existing trees. Something I whole heartedly agree with.
    You state that this method has been used for “compensation, insurance and litigation purposes”
    Are you able to be more specific, or put me in touch with someone who can expand out on this.
    Many thanks

    Chris Moffitt

    1. Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your message. The part you refer to was added by the journalist as an explanation of the origins of the Burnley method. She got it from a link in my “solution for preventing the destruction of trees” blog article ( Just click on “Burnley Method”.
      What got me onto this whole concept was a discussion with a civil engineer who told me most engineering contracts he’s been involved with place a dollar value on trees which his company would have to pay if they were damaged or killed.

  4. Good afternoon Chris, I firstly wanted to say how refreshing it has been discovering how progressive you and the Council’s approaches are to public space gardening. Your admiration and passion for an expansive green canopy across the urban footprint is nothing short of inspiring.

    I’m the Community Gardens and Parks Volunteer Team Leader at the Sunshine Coast Council and I have been reviewing our current guidelines. Amazingly we have also commenced allowing our residents to build less formal productive gardens in their local parks, I call these ‘edible edges’ or ‘edible edge gardens’. We do this to provide both an opportunity for smaller groups of keen green thumbs to get gardening without the need for a formalised garden group and dedicated area, and also help activate smaller parks that may be in need of some local love.

    Our guidelines have evolved to a point similar to your own, with greater freedoms around self-assessable gardens, so long as they meet the guidelines.

    The query I had was in relation to the matter of liability when it comes to gardens outside of the guidelines, and perhaps any ways in which you have handled any questions around responsibility.

    I see that you also allow keen residents to install fruit trees in the verge instead of a native street tree. How has the response been to this? Have you found some species to be more favourable than others? Do you allow for banana trees?

    I look forward to hearing back from you, and joining your crusade to green the streets of our growing urban neighbourhoods around the country, joining with the passionate involvement of all residents to share and grow.

    Many thanks,

    1. Hi Daniel,
      Thanks for your message. The operational aspects are best directed to the Bayswater administration, however to my knowledge:
      1. Re parks, there hasn’t been a problem yet. An approach is made for an area of a park to be “greened” and once the admin have okayed that, people start planting. If someone planted an ad-hoc lemon tree on the side of a park, I can’t see the City being bothered. If someone planted a tree in the middle of a sports oval, it’d be removed.
      2. Re verges, residents are allowed to plant whatever they like on the verge adjacent to their property as long as it meets the guidelines. Basically, the guidelines state no thorny plants or plants which restrict site lines. We leave it up to the resident to determine that, however reserve the right to take action if the plant contravenes the guidelines. So we would allow banana trees, but they don’t really produce in Perth so people aren’t planting them. Apple, lemon type trees are popular. The response has not been overwhelming, however those who want to, can.

      1. Hi Chris, thanks for your swift response. I’ll take all that on board moving forward. Like you, I’m trying to find the easiest, most doable outcomes fro residents wanting to get involved. Stepping away from that grey area and into the green if you will. We share the same outlook on trees in gardens, I love the idea of people planting mangoes and lemons, etc on the underutilised edges and other allocated garden areas of our parks.

        I enjoyed your ABC interview regarding the Council’s actions some years back, we were all shocked at the speed and regulatory decisiveness that the administration moved with on that. Big lessons learned there by those [decision makers] involved I’m sure. We’re still receiving feedback on that today.
        In the interview you mentioned discussions you had with insurance providers. I assume you were talking about the insurance providers for Bayswater Council considering it’s your land that is being affected?
        Was that where the allowances for raised beds, rocks and logs came from?

        Thanks again,

        1. Hi Daniel,
          The insurers didn’t want raised garden beds. We had to push back on that, and provide examples of where “trip hazards” exist in plenty of other areas – namely the short post and rail you find around many reserves. Even the kerb itself could be considered a trip hazard.

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