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posted 8 Mar 2017, 21:37 by Wilkins Road   [ updated 8 Mar 2017, 22:48 ]

Question to candidates

"If voted in as the Member for Kalamunda, would you support the proposed rezoning and development of the bushland reserve on Wilkins Rd, or would you support it's continued preservation?"

Disappointingly, we have not received a response from John Day or Matthew Hughes.

Kalamunda candidates...

Support reserve preservation / don't support rezoning

MILES, Lee-Anne  -  The Greens (WA)
BOWYER, Murray  -  Julie Matheson for Western Australia
COLYVAS, Evazelia  -  Micro Business Party
GOULD, Ray  -  Pauline Hanson's One Nation (since resigned)

HUGHES, Matthew  -  WA Labor
WILLIAMS, Brady John  -  Australian Christians

Support rezoning & destruction of our bushland reserve    
DAY, John  -  Liberal Party (based on previous comments & actions)

Full responses

HUGHES, Matthew  -  WA Labor
No response

MILES, Lee-Anne  -  The Greens (WA)
"Thank you for contacting me regarding this issue. After I read your comments in the local paper, I wrote to the editor in support of your position. My position is to find another site so I would support the Wilkins Road Reserve preservation.

Below is the letter to the editor (it didn't get published):
In regards to the article ‘Light on the horizon for aged care’, I would like to add my voice to that of Tim Colegate. I agree with his concerns that the rezoning of the Wilkins Rd from parks and recreation to urban is, once again, putting the environment last.

Black cockatoos are suffering an increasing degradation of their habitat with trees and bushland being removed for housing. There needs to be more value placed on the benefits of nature, walking through mature bushland, sharing time and space with birds and other critters and simply enjoying time outdoors.

Kalamunda offers beautiful bush walks, stunning wild flowers and birdlife, which are magnets to tourists. Attracting visitors to our beautiful area is important to the many small businesses that operate in the Shire. Surely there are other sites, disused buildings or already levelled land, that would be better suited to a nursing home.

There is a need for more aged care beds in the Kalamunda area, however there also needs to be suitable public transport, shopping and health care facilities to support such developments."

BOWYER, Murray  -  Julie Matheson for Western Australia
"Agree with all the points made by your group on the website. There must be other sites in the built up area for this plan. Age care is essential as we get older, but this site offers fire risks and loss of habitat for wildlife. Kalamunda is a special place for which we love and cherish.

We are currently going thru similar issues with a parcel of land near home. I have lived in the Kalamunda/Gooseberryhill area all my life and value the flora and fauna of the area. The bush for ever zoning should mean bush forever we keep hearing of our declining bushland and wildlife yet we continue to destroy some of our most vital resources for a financial gain. Other areas must be suitable for this development."

COLYVAS, Evazelia  -  Micro Business Party
"From what I have read on the matter, the plan seems ill-conceived.  I would not support this rezoning."

DAY, John  -  Liberal Party
"On behalf of Mr Day, thank you for your correspondence. This will be attended to at the first opportunity"
No further response

WILLIAMS, Brady John  -  Australian Christians
No contact details available

GOULD, Ray  -  Pauline Hanson's One Nation (since resigned)
"I agree that this land should be left as it is especially when it is available for people to wander through. If it is removed I agree with you that it will never be replaced. I do think that fire hazards should be dealt with but when you have land that is a virtual classroom it should be left alone for us all to enjoy.As you stated the area is cap-rock, making any construction difficult, noisy and expense is unnecessary. As the sewerage is not adjacent to the reserve, but so far away I can't see the reason for changing things from what they are. "

Authorised by Tim Colegate, 39 Lesmurdie Rd East, Walliston

WA Planning Minister supports rezoning, but the destruction is not a done deal!

posted 10 Feb 2017, 23:06 by Wilkins Road   [ updated 10 Feb 2017, 23:08 ]

Only days before the election caretaker period commenced, the WA Planning Minister gave "approval" and "support" for rezoning, without explanation of why this reserve should be bulldozed.

While this decision is disappointing, any so-called approval and the accompanying reports need to sit before both houses of WA Parliament before taking effect.

After the 11 March election, the government of the day can choose whether to proceed with this rezoning, and if it does get presented to Parliament, the amendment can still be disallowed.

It's not too late
People have stood up in the past so that at least some of our remnant bushland has been preserved... we need to do the same so our current and future generations can enjoy the beautiful Hills environment that we appreciate.

2015 elections - candidates respond

posted 9 Oct 2015, 08:34 by Wilkins Road   [ updated 9 Oct 2015, 08:41 ]

The following was e-mailed to all candidates listed here in the Shire of Kalamunda elections:

I'm seeking your position on the continued preservation of Crown Reserve 30314, Lot 59 Wilkins Road, Kalamunda. I would also like to publicise your response to other concerned community members.

The Shire of Kalamunda has asked the State Government to rezone this 10.7 Ha bushland reserve from "Parks and Recreation" to "Urban". The stated intention of this proposed rezoning is the development of an "integrated aged care facility". This appears to be a lifestyle/retirement village, with a small aged care facility likely to be built at a later stage. Nearly all of the reserve would need to be cleared for the proposed development.

My two questions:
If voted in as a Shire of Kalamunda councillor, would you support this proposed rezoning and development on Wilkins Rd?

More generally, do you support the preservation of our natural environment in the Shire?

North Ward

THOMAS, Margaret*
    No response. *As a councillor, this candidate voted for the LPS rezoning of Wilkins Rd reserve (24th Aug 2015).

LARSEN, Richard

"Even though I am not on council, I have been brushing up on the Wilkins Road situation as best I can. I believe the issue now rests with the WAPC. I have been told even if I were to be elected, there would be nothing I could do to stop it.

I have a young family and we love picnics in the bush! we actually have quite a lot of reserves in our Shire, some I didn't even know existed. The lesser known ones can become targets of hoons, vandals and illegal dumping.

If elected, along with concerned residents like yourself, I would like to examine ways of improving and protecting these reserves."

    No response.

North West Ward

No e-mail address provided.

No e-mail address provided.

South East Ward

"I have been asked this a number of times now, and thought it would be best if I shared examples of previous responses you. Here are a selection of responses:
1) A shortage of decent aged care facilities is a big problem in the hills. Over the years several proposed sites have been knocked back with many seniors having to unwillingly  leave their preferred lifestyle location in the hills for lack of care facilities. These seniors have given much to this community and deserve consideration. It is important to them to finish their days amongst their friends and environment in the hills. They helped develop this environment and deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and consideration. Having said that, they need a location that is nearer to services and amenities in order that they remain a part of the community such as the location of Villa Maria.
2) ) I believe that there is a need for aged care in the area because many families have a long history in the area. However, this should be done in a sustainable way that has the lowest environmental impact. However I do not believe  Wilkens Road is  a good location for an Aged Care facility  for two main reasons: Health and Safety issues (such as rescue) would mean that more natural vegetation would need to be cleared to create sound fire break zones as it is in a  high fire risk area and secondly , the Black cockatoo breeding area will be disturbed as a result.

This does not mean that I am anti-development, with the changing demographic of our community with an increase in the number of young families in the shire, we need to move forward but this can be achieved in sensitive manner that protects our character as a village. If Wilkens road was to be developed I would see it reflect an activity that suits / reflects the essence of Kalamunda - for example, eco tourism walks, information centres, family picnic areas, homeware etc. Examples would be Whiteman Park or Tambourine Mountain in Queensland. I want to keep the Rural areas alive and vibrant In summary, my vision is to have Kalamunda offering city
services but retaining the village / rural outlook.

But in order to do this, and this has become clear to me with my doorstops and walking the area to chat to residents, we need to restore community confidence in the Shire council and heal the disconnect between the Shire and the people. This is why I have campaigned on a ticket of "VOTE for CHANGE" and the basis for this is to listen to what residents think and want,  and to represent their views - an activity that the current Shire do not seem to be able to do (hence my reason to stand for the first time)."

"Thanks for your email and great that you are being proactive in seeking your council nominees views directly, I wish all residents were as engaged as you! I have attempted to answer your questions as forthrightly as I can and please feel free to contact me again if you have further queries on other issues.

My background includes considerable aged care expertise and the Shire does have an urgent need for more aged care facilities. However I am a passionate conservationist and I could never in all conscience support a decision to erase a large tract of biodiverse bushland for a development, regardless of the benefit it would have for the ageing hills populace.

My view is that these outcomes don't need to be mutually incompatible and that the Shire should be expending greater energies in identifying other non-bush tracts of land on which this aged care development can occur. My understanding is that considerable work has already been done on this front with the Kalamunda aged care committee and that there are other viable options, so I would not be supporting the Wilkins Rd development if elected.

One of my strongly held beliefs is that we must not lose our heritage and environment in a push to develop the region. Sustainability is a key factor in all my experience and decision making and I would oppose any housing or other development that impacted the intrinsic rural and bushland nature of the Shire. One of the major attractions of the hills is its unspoilt environment and it would be a major mistake to develop these areas and lose that. It would not only impact the irreplaceable bushland and ecosystems, but also the growers and primary producers of the region and the growing tourism industry we are developing around wineries, walking and the arts."

FERNIE, Michael
No e-mail address provided.

"My question to you is what do expect should be done with our elderly knowing full well that there is no other prospect on the horizon for a satisfactory solution on other parcels of land"... "if any other candidate says any different that's because they not got the knowledge,of what has transpired
Once they get elected nothing will change, there is no magic wand."
    *As a councillor, this candidate voted for the LPS rezoning of Wilkins Rd reserve (24th Aug 2015).

    No response. *As a councillor, this candidate voted for the LPS rezoning of Wilkins Rd reserve (24th Aug 2015).

South West Ward

"The short story is no I don't agree and wouldn't endorse use of Gavour or Wilkins road for the very few reasons and more but I'll be brief
1. Bushfire risk
2. Environment risk
3. There's plenty of other "dead" space sitting around- ie the Wattle Grove Primary school, the Agricultural building, the Pioneer Park and even potentially when the train line is built in the closer to the train the better in my opinion. In my honest opinion at the resident association meeting Tuesday two weeks ago counsellor Morton appeared to talk about the Ag. building being an option they were considering also.

For those reasons and more I would certainly object"... "That and actually being open and honest about using retirement villages or residential care or hospices etc- it isn't fair to give people hope they may get a place when it's not really part of the master plan. I know there is more money in retirement villages but we need aged care more than that!

We need to advocate for the long term environment because long after many people who make the decisions are gone there will be people like yourself and i who are trying to figure out what to do when a the damage is done.

I hope that I have gained your trust and support. If you or anyone else is interested I am happy to talk and meet with whomever about the issues. I am an independent person and a young family member who works full time rehabilitating people in community and gaol. My plan is to work part time so I can service the community adequately as well. I have no agenda other than making sure the community has their voice heard and serviced in council!"

WHITTEN, Justin*
    No response. *As a councillor, this candidate voted for the LPS rezoning of Wilkins Rd reserve (24th Aug 2015).

RASPA, Alethea
    No response.

MORTON, Allan*
    No response. *As a councillor, this candidate voted for the LPS rezoning of Wilkins Rd reserve (24th Aug 2015).

Council committee approves rezoning - now goes for Council approval

posted 12 Aug 2015, 17:49 by Wilkins Road   [ updated 12 Aug 2015, 18:01 ]

On Monday 10th August, the Council considered the rezoning of the Wilkins Rd reserve this Monday 10th August. There was one delegation for, and one delegation against the proposal, and 2 speakers against the motion. Despite more than half the public objecting to this proposal, the officer recommendation is that Council "... Adopts the amendment to Local Planning Scheme No. 3 without modification".

The committee recommended to council to proceed with the rezoning. There was an additional item included in the recommendation, being:
"Direct the Chief Executive Officer to write to the state government to request that the land to the east of Reserve 30314, being Reserve 32700 and Reserve 40367, are included as part of the Darling Range Regional Park."

Maybe if the Shire had previously ensured that all the reserves destined to be included in the Darling Range Regional Park were properly transferred, we wouldn't be in this mess!

Click here for an extract from the minutes.

We expect the council to consider this at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 24th August. So it is not too late for Councillors to reject this ill-conceived idea and ask the Shire to withdraw its MRS re-zoning request from the WA Planning Commission!

Wed 13th May: deadline for submissions on EPBC environmental subissions

posted 6 May 2015, 17:58 by Wilkins Road   [ updated 16 Jun 2015, 00:44 ]

Update: the relevant documents are no longer on the Shire's website. A copy of them are here:

Submissions on the EPBC environmental assessment must be received by Strategen Environmental Consultants by close of business Wed 13th May.

Click here for the documents and submission details.

Even though the website is slow, download the full report because much of the contestable material is difficult to find. A few items of note from the full report are hidden away:
  • dieback report (p188 onwards) that states there is dieback on the reserve, but makes no recommendations about protecting adjacent reserves and the Middle Helena Water catchment from the spread of dieback.
  • black cockatoo survey (p197)
  • proposed environmental offsets (p199-200). Here is a link to the EPBC policy regarding environmental offsets.
  • an updated concept plan (p239) that still does not take into account fire buffers required in the new draft bushfire policies.

The previous EPBC public comment period in Sept. 2013 was for the "referral process". The current comment period is for the "assessment on preliminary documentation".

Therefore, include in your submission any comments previously submitted in Sept. 2013 that are still relevant. The proponent (Strategen, acting for the Shire of Kalamunda) is only required to respond to issues raised in this current comment period.

The proponent must respond to all public comments which are then sent to the Federal Department of Environment and assessed for adequacy. Only when the Department is satisfied with all responses does the assessment proceed. All public comments and responses to them are then made public (for display only - not further comment).

Written submissions can be sent to:
Darren Walsh
Chief Executive Officer
Strategen Environmental Consultants
PO Box 243



Click here for a description of how the Minister decides whether or not to approve the action.

This is the assessment process, taken from this assessment process fact sheet:

Public comment open for Shire rezoning

posted 17 Dec 2014, 16:57 by Wilkins Road   [ updated 13 Feb 2015, 15:59 ]


The Shire of Kalamunda now has an on-line webpage where you can put in your objection: click here to open the page

The Shire of Kalamunda is now asking for submissions for the rezoning of the reserve on Wilkins Rd. Tell the Shire officers and councillors why we want to keep this reserve as a reserve!

Click here to download the submission form and put in your objection

Submission on this rezoning are due 16 February 2015

Forms should be submitted to the Shire of Kalamunda. The form can be faxed to the number on the form, or scanned and emailed to: If you write your own letter instead of using the pro forma, make sure you sign and date it!

Please copy and share this web link with others:

Also make sure you sign the petition here.

Q & A

Q: I put in a submission in December. Do I have to put in another one?

A: Yes. The December deadline was for rezoning the reserve in the Perth metropolitan planning scheme, to be considered by the WA Planning Commission. The Shire of Kalamunda won't consider those submissions, so you will need to make a new one.

More information

This rezoning is to amend the land in the Shire's Local Planning Scheme (LPS) from Regional Reserve - Parks and Recreation to Special Use (Aged Residential Care). The amendment is to align the Shire's LPS to with the proposed rezoning in the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS). Submission for that MRS rezoning closed on the 5th December (linked here).

Click here for the extract from the meeting 18 February 2013 (this was confirmed at the 25 February 2013 council meeting).

Here is the recent letter from the Shire:

And here is the resolution. Note that the only rule is that at least one occupant over each dwelling must be over 55. There is no guarantee that aged care will be built. The developers could get away with simply building a retirement village!

And a map of the area:

Tues 16 Dec - submissions on rezoning on Glyde Road, Lesmurdie

posted 12 Dec 2014, 14:55 by Wilkins Road   [ updated 12 Dec 2014, 23:58 ]

A private landholder is seeking to rezone their 2.27 Ha parcel of trees and bushland in Lesmurdie from 'Public Purpose - Church' to 'Residential R5', and develop 10 houses on the land. This is a quarter of the size of the land proposed to be cleared for the development on Wilkins Rd. The Shire of Kalamunda has stated that there is a shortage of large parcels of land for aged care.

If the trees and bush are going to be cleared anyway when this land is rezoned to Urban, maybe the Shire should keep the zoning for the Public Purpose and encourage the landholder to look at aged care facilities on the site.

Submission on this rezoning are due Tuesday 16 December.
Click here to download the submission form.
Forms should be submitted to the Shire of Kalamunda. The form can be faxed to the number on the form, or scanned and emailed to: If you write your own letter instead of using the pro forma, make sure you sign and date it!

Click here for more details on the rezoning proposal.

Below is a map of the area to be cleared. The site fronts Glyde Rd, Lesmurdie, but is adjacent to the Villa Maria aged care hostel, so maybe shared facilities could be an option. Although not in a sewered area, we heard at the public information evening that there is the technology for on-site sewerage treatment options.

The subdivision concept for the site:

Letters to the Echo newspaper

posted 30 Nov 2014, 05:48 by Wilkins Road   [ updated 30 Nov 2014, 05:50 ]

A couple of excellent letters in this weekend's Echo newspaper (29 Nov 2014).

Presentations from information evening

posted 25 Nov 2014, 16:58 by Wilkins Road   [ updated 27 Nov 2014, 21:48 ]

We had a good turnout at Tuesday's information evening (more than 50 people).

Please click on the linked text below to download each of the four presentations:

Tim's introduction to the reserve and rezoning proposal
Tim's presentation on this reserve being a false hope for aged care
(particularly bushfire risk and regulations, but also highlighting alternative locations and the next steps in this rezoning)

Tues 25 Nov - information evening about defending our reserves

posted 7 Nov 2014, 18:53 by Wilkins Road   [ updated 7 Nov 2014, 18:59 ]

We will be holding a public information evening about the reserve on Wilkins Road:
  • Date: Tuesday 25th November
  • Time: 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start
  • Location: Main Hall of the Jack Healey Centre, cnr Mead St and Canning Rd, Kalamunda

Come find out more about the why this reserve is an important part of Kalamunda's reserves, the Shire's plans to rezone and bulldoze the bushland, and why this proposal is a bad for the environment, the community and the elderly. We will also have some short  talks about the wildflowers and birds in the reserve.

Jack Healy Centre

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