2013 council elections

We have sent the following question to candidates for the October 2013 council elections.
Do you support the Shire of Kalamunda to:
a) re-zone and develop the reserve for aged care accommodation?
or
b) retain the reserve with the current zoning of "Parks and Recreation"?

Click on the candidate's name below to see their response. This is not meant to be an endorsement or otherwise of any candidate - you make your own decision how to vote!

 South East Ward
BRADLEY, Shane
ELEONORA, Melanie
STALLARD, Geoffrey
 
North Ward
 BILICH, Sue
 BENTLEY, Robert
 DI ROSSO, Simon
 ELLISON, Mark
 LOOHUYS, Henk
 MELVILLE, Douglas


 South East Ward

BRADLEY, Shane
Thank you for your question in regards to Wilkins Rd development proposal. While I enjoy the natural bush land that surrounds Kalamunda, I also believe that we need to strike a balance between maintaining the rural feel of the Shire and moving forward and making our Shire a sustainable one. There is a huge expanse of National Park that is not far from this site, so I feel that the argument that the cockatoos etc... will lose there nesting area, may not hold a lot of weight and after looking at the satellite photo on your facebook page it seems as though this particular area seems like an unusual pocket of land sticking out from the surrounding bush land.

As there are no real suitable options for seniors housing and facilities that are close to all amenities, I would have to say that this site may be a viable option. I would not be supportive if this was for a general housing estate but the fact that it is for a project that this Shire desperately needs is a different story.

I think as a councillor all decisions need to be based on information that is provided from all sides including groups such as yours, to ensure that the best decision is made for the whole Shire.

I know this may not be the answer that you were after but there is no point in me telling you a lie just to secure a vote.


ELEONORA, Melanie
Thank you for your email. I was not aware of this proposal, so I've done some extremely brief reading online about the area - I even came across your group's facebook page.

I don't have an opinion about this reserve currently as I don't feel I've got enough information to have a view point right now.

I can share with you my initial thoughts and queries though.

1. Is this an alternative site to the Wattle Grove development or a completely different proposal for yet another reserve in the Shire?
2. Would your concerns over this reserve be the same with any other reserve in the Shire of Kalamunda?
3. If the Shire chose a "town centre" site - where do you think is most appropriate?
4. If the Shite chose to clear some of the reserved for a "grassed" park would you also oppose that?

I too am concerned about the black cockatoos. We live in the Stirkwood Estate (ex piece of reserve) and there were such an abundance of them here. Our block was already cleared of trees, but since the other blocks in the area have been cleared there are fewer and fewer of them. I'd wondered if they'd found homes and hoped they'd find refuge in reserves like on Wilkins Road.

My heart says no to developments in reserves because of this reason… but I am also concerned with how we will progress in our community with ANY appropriate residential developments when a large portion of our open space in the hills is reserve just by default.

In addition, I can share with you that my nomination to council was to give an objective voice to residents. On subjects that are heavily opposed (or in favour) by residents that is where my voice and vote will lie.

For example, recently the Shire approved a Place of Worship to be built in the Stirkwood Estate and there were over 600 objections against it, and only two non-objections. In this intance I would have voted against the recommendation to support the voice of residents who were opposed to the development.

I hope my thoughts have given you enough information.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

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STALLARD, Geoffrey
"I have always supported the Wattle Grove location for aged care - a cleared site with a developer willing and able to develop it. However locals agitated, with the Greens support, to go to places like Wilkins Road.

The Planning Minister, Mr. John Day indicated and then rejected the Wattle Grove site, even though his department indicated that he should approve it; hence we are stuck for alternatives. At his offer to fast track Wilkins Road the Council has been looking at it as a potential site.

During the past 35 years two aged care facilities have closed and no new ones developed in the Shire. We have a chronic shortage with our aged citizens being deported to other shires-that is forced to leave their families, friends and the community that they helped build. I have had to try and comfort many who have nowhere to go. A husband that has been removed from his wife with limited access to her, families that are desperate to stay together. I have no qualms about trying to find alternatives. With over 60% of our Shire forested we are going to be hard pressed to find suitable locations for our elderly parents.

No one will want to develop their own land due to the costs, and the companies providing aged care cannot afford to buy and build. We have to provide the land and they will build. There is a problem in WA and Australia wide with aged and Dementia care. We have over 100 people registered for a place at the two local aged care facilities. However, over 500 people need placement in the short and medium term. Where do they go? Do you have workable solutions? I don't!

We have looked at so many places already and everyone of them has problems.
I don't want to knock down one single tree yet what's the alternative? We
are desperate for the most vulnerable in our community."



Note: We received an e-mail from Toni Warden regarding the above comments:
"Neither the WA Greens Party, nor myself as the Greens State Candidate for Kalamunda have endorsed the rezoning of the Wilkins Road Reserve for an Aged Care Facility.  Further to that, I understand the importance of developing Aged Care Facilities within the Shire and believe that such developments need to be undertaken in areas and ways that take into account community needs, access to transport and services, environmental impacts and affordability.  The Wilkins Road Development should be assessed on this basis."


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North Ward

BILICH, Sue

No response.

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BENTLEY, Robert

No response.

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DI ROSSO, Simon

No response.

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ELLISON, Mark
My view is that violating the status of park and reserve spaces is an extraordinary act (effectively robbing the future), to be reserved for exceptional need. Caring the aged and housing them is a normal (though important) concern for council, so wouldn't justify violating the reserve. Already cleared, and preferably already residential, land should be acquired in the normal (commercial) way by the developers.

In short, b).

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LOOHUYS, Henk
I am available to see you and have a conversation about this important issue.

We are meeting Henk at 10 am on Saturday 12th October, at the Western Power sub-station, cnr of Lewis Rd and Wilkins Rd, Kalamunda. Please come along if you are interested.

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MELVILLE, Douglas
Thank you for your time to enquire into my position on behalf of your special interest group in  the, "Save Wilkins Road Reserve."

I stand by my policy position on the Perth Hills. The "Save Wilkins Road Reserve" remain an essential element of my position on the heritage and environmental importance of the Perth Hills. I stand by that.

I attach my policy position and brief biography.

Should your vote fall my way your view will be strongly supported.

Again I thank you for your interest in Local Government matters and the Save Wilkins Road Reserve.

Melville Bio sept 2013.doc  Melville Candidate Profile.docx

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