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This document outlines:

The Town of Cambridge is seeking Offers from Respondents to undertake the preparation of the Town’s Local Planning Strategy (LPS). The appointed consultant will be responsible for preparing the LPS including documentation for submission to the WAPC for consent to formally advertise the Strategy. The main requirements of the Respondent will be to:-

  •   Undertake research and analysis for topics including economic/commercial activity, population and housing, transport and infrastructure, open space and recreation and the natural and physical environment;
  •   Preparation of LPS documentation including all necessary mapping; and
  •   Undertake and facilitate stakeholder and community engagement to guide the preparation of the LPS.

    A more detailed statement of the services required under the proposed contract appears in the Specification. It is expected that the Consultant will provide the necessary services to meet the intent of the brief.

  • RFT – Local Planning Strategy (LPS)  The Tender document
  • DV16_58_-_Local_Planning_Strategy_Project_Plan

Meeting of West Leederville Residents at Leederville Town Hall

West Leederville Resident’s Association Inc

On Sunday, 02 April, 2017 at 2.30 – 4.30 pm

To discuss Town of Cambridge:

      Local Planning Strategy and Strategic Community Plan, and

–      Proposals for Further increasing Density in Residential West Leederville

Continue reading Meeting of West Leederville Residents at Leederville Town Hall

High rise to replace our leafy streets?

As many people were unaware of the previously scheduled opportunity to speak with the Consultants and to view the plans that detail the effect of the possible changes to the West Leederville – Wembley Local Planning Strategy and Strategic Community Plan, Council has scheduled an addition consultation day this Saturday at the Coles Shopping Centre on Cambridge Street.    The WLRA has arranged a residents meeting on the Sunday at 2.30 pm at the Leederville Town Hall just in front of the bowling Club.  Your local Councillors will be in attendance to answer any general questions you may have.

Why your attendance is important:  The likely changes to our neighbourhood may include 4-10 storey apartment and commercial development in quiet residential streets of West Leederville as far north as Ruislip St

Town of Cambridge has proposed 3 scenarios for planning change. All 3 plans significantly increase density across residential West Leederville.

All this while little/no increased density for City Beach and Floreat.

If you care about West Leederville, PLEASE urgently complete Council survey at  Deadline is 7 April 2017.


ð  Say all 3 scenarios are NOT ACCEPTABLE.

ð  West Leederville has already seen its recent fair share of density increases.

ð  West Leederville school and other amenities cannot accommodate further population increases

You can also voice your concerns by attending the Residents Information session  meeting on the 2nd of April or let us know your thoughts through the WLRA website or contact your local Councillor to ensure your opinions count.


Don’t let our historic suburb become the
high density scapegoat for rest of Cambridge

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Newsletter Nov 2016

This newsletter has been prepared by the Cambridge Resident’s Association (CRAi) and West Leederville Resident’s Association (WLRA) from publicly available material. It is distributed to members and interested residents of the Town of Cambridge (ToC), including other associations within the town. We aim to increase the level of community discussion and involvement in the matters which are raised.

While all care has been taken in preparing the newsletter, we accept no responsibility for actions that people may take as a result of any errors or omissions, or in respect to any representation, statement, opinion or advice referred to herein.

There have been many, often contentious planning issues affecting the Town in recent years and the following is an attempt clarify their status in a non- partisan manner.

1.0 Can Perry Lakes Be Saved?

Many Town of Cambridge residents remember when Perry Lakes had large areas of open water which attracted abundant wildlife. Despite Council efforts to maintain levels by pumping groundwater into the lakes, they are now being invaded be weeds and trees. In August 2016, CRAi held an evening of talks where the values of the lakes was discussed, along with a proposal to revive the lakes by adding treated wastewater in the south west of Perry Lakes Reserve to raise groundwater levels in East and West Lake, as well as in nearby Camel Lake.

The Town has allocated funds in 2016/17 to investigate this, and other options. Members of CRAi are working with the Town to identify cost-effective ways of reviving the lakes to their former glory. Any solution may benefit other suburban lakes in future as they are also impacted by the drying climate and pumping for irrigation. As well as Lake Monger inside the Town, the method could be used to save Lakes Jualbup, Claremont and Jolimont.
CRAi will keep you informed of progress.

2.0 Directions 2031 – Infill Housing Targets

In 2010 the State Government adopted “Directions 2031”, a strategic plan developed by the WA Planning Commission “to manage the growth of the Metropolitan Perth and Peel Region over the medium to long-term planning horizon to 2031 and beyond”. The plan was prepared to meet the projected population growth of Perth to 3.5 million people – whenever that will occur.
In May 2015, the State Government also released for comment “Perth and Peel@3.5million” draft plan. The final plan is expected to be released within the next few months.
These documents included setting targets for Local Authorities (and monitoring progress against these targets) to provide for an increased growth in the number of infill residential developed dwellings over this period. In the “Perth and Peel@3.5million” plan, for the ToC this target is 6900 new dwellings, approximately 5175 (75%) of which will be within “identified urban consolidation areas of activity centres, corridors and station precincts” and the remaining 1725 (25%) of new dwellings “in existing built up areas within traditional suburban streets”.
Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) were also established by the Government in 2011 to facilitate planning approvals and that would also support the achievement of these targets.

3.0 Higher Density Developments

At meetings between CRAi and the ToC CEO and Development Director over recent months, concerns were put that there is a community perception that developers have over the last 5 years taken advantage of discretionary powers from ToC and DAP Development Approvals within the ToC which have favoured their proposals over community concerns, and that developers appear to have achieved significant concessions to their proposal schemes due to a lack of definition of the existing Town Planning Scheme (TPS), policies and amendments.
This was acknowledged by the ToC and has been the subject of considerable discussion within Council planning meetings over 2015/16.
To address these concerns, and in conjunction with recent public controversy over Town Planning Scheme Amendment 31 (City Beach/Floreat Higher Density Infill Proposal) and Amendment 33 (Wembley Local Centre Rezoning Proposal), the ToC has committed to progress to finality the preparation of a Local Planning Strategy (LPS) for the Town, which was commenced in 2010.
This will include community engagement on what is to be included, and will then inform the updating of the TPS which will follow on. This will then hopefully bring better control over any development proposals that will follow.

4.0 ToC Local Planning Strategy (LPS) Community Stakeholder Engagement

The completion of the LPS is being progressed in parallel with the update of the ToC Strategic Community Plan (SCP) and community engagement on common issues will progress as part of the same process.
A budget has been allocated and consultants engaged to lead the Community Engagement process on a timeline that should see it completed by Mid 2017.
The timeline for the completion of the LPS, and signed off by the WAPC is mid – late 2018.
Residents wanting more information on these matters, including involvement in community engagement, should consult the Town’s website

4.0 ToC Strategic Planning

As mentioned above, the Town is also updating its Strategic Plan for the next 4 years which will cover issues such as:

  • Community Services,
  • Environment (water, power, waste etc);
  • Our Neighbourhoods (including planning and development –
    overlapping with the LPS);
  • Governance/Council (including financial management).
    Financial Management will include planning for:

    • Asset management and renewal,
    • Investment for future commitments,
    • Enhanced community facilities, and
    •  Managing the level of rates charged to ratepayers.


6.0 Locality Planning Studies

TPS Amendment 27 – The West Leederville Planning Study undertaken over 2010-12 was endorsed by the ToC in 2014 and signed off by the WAPC and Minister for Planning in May 2016.
The Wembley Activity Centre Plan has been developed and was open for public comment until 27 September, 2016. Committee members provided comments on this plan by the due date and feedback is in the process of being assessed to allow the formalisation of this plan to proceed.
Plans for Floreat, The Boulevard and Ocean Village will follow the direction of the LPS as it progresses.

7.0 Other Generic Studies

Other generic studies will also be picked up in conjunction with the LPS and take direction from concurrent community engagement. These include:

  • Transport and Parking,
  •  Housing Strategy,
  • Commercial, Economic and Employment Strategy,
  • Commercial Development Standards,
  • Public Open Space (Reserves, parks and playing fields),
  • Heritage Review/Register,
  • Public Art,
  • Other (Bulk & Height, Light and Ventilation Policies)

This approach is on the basis that the WAPC/DoP prefer a LPS to encompass these issues rather than have a multiplicity of separate non- integrated studies/policies etc.

8.0 TPS Amendment 31 – City Beach/Floreat Infill

On 5th September, 2016 the Minister for Planning formally rescinded the previous Minister’s imposed replacement for the original March 2015 Amendment 31.
At the September, 2016 Council meeting, the ToC approved a programme for the development of a new Amendment 31 for infill housing density in the western suburbs for advice to the Minister as per her request. This is to occur over the next 12 months in conjunction with the LPS (by approx mid-late 2017).

9.0 Transport @ 3.5 Million – Perth Transport Plan

The Department of Transport (DoT) long term draft transport plan for Perth to 2050, when Perth’s population was projected to reach 3.5 million, was recently out for public comment and proposes a long tunnel connecting Stock Road in the south to the Mitchell Freeway in the City of Stirling in the north:

  • Under the Swan River and Dalkieth,
  • Surfacing along Brockway Road, and then
  • Back under significant portions of the ToC area.

The ToC has reviewed the plan, considers it an aspirational plan, and has given qualified/conditional feedback on the plan to the DoT (refer Sept 16 Council meeting minutes).

10.0 City Beach High School

A recent Government announcement confirmed that a new state high school will be established at the original City Beach High School site, commencing with year 7s in existing buildings in 2020 and expanding to the full complement of 1600 year 7-12 by 2025.
This will include relocating and re-establishing the International and Japanese Schools at Doubleview and City Beach Primary Schools, and a total capital expenditure across the 3 sites of $182 million.

11.0 Subiaco Oval

Residents in West Leederville have a keen interest in what will happen to Subiaco Oval with the move of AFL to the new Stadium at Burswood and will no doubt monitor developments in this regard.
Subiaco CC is currently examining possible future uses and potential development options and have had some discussions with the ToC. The ToC and SCC have a good working relationship and will likely maintain an ongoing dialogue on issues of mutual interest.

12.0 Design of the Built Environment/Apartment Design Policy

“Design WA” is a collection of documents issued by the WAPC and
the Department for Planning and are currently out for public comment (closing 20 December, 2016).
These include the “Draft Design of the Built Environment Policy” and “Draft Apartment Design Policy” which include 10 design principles which should guide good design for all buildings, including apartments, and take into account the need for natural light, air flow, among many other issues.
Committee members have scanned these draft documents and it is considered they will improve the quality of apartment dwellings that will result, even though developers and their representative associations say that they will lead to increased cost of apartment construction.
Committee representatives consider the design guidelines should be supported and will be providing comment on them by the closing date.

13.0 Design Review Panel

In accordance with the principles of “Design WA”, the ToC has approved the establishment of a Design Review Panel and process in July 2016, as recommended for all councils by the WAPC.
Nominations for the panel are expected to be advertised before Christmas 2016 after which the process will be available for proponents of developments to consult prior to development applications being made on future projects in the Town of Cambridge.


WLRA Spring Newsletter

West Leederville Residents Association Spring News Letter

Local Elections

It’s that time of the local government electoral cycle when we are asked to caste a postal vote for our grass roots representation. These elections have proved to be controversial but all will be for nothing if votes are not cast. Much has happened in West Leederville over the previous 5 years and your Association asks you to give thought to participating in this postal vote. As of yesterday (with one week to go) only 13.9% of the Wembley Ward votes had been returned. We need our local government to be sensitive to both the quality of life and the resources we enjoy in our ward. Let’s ensure we hold our Councillors accountable and the only way we can do that is by casting a vote for the representatives who understand our needs and will ensure that the Wembley Ward is not put at the bottom of the resources list. More information can be found at the Town’s website:

Departing Councillors

The Association would also like to pass on our gratitude to departing Councillor Alan Langer for his tireless service to the community. Alan has always been ready to attend our meetings and assist where every possible. Thank you, Alan: you have helped resolve many an issue and represented us fairly in Council. We hope you enjoy this next journey you are about to embark on.

Summer of Fun

The Town has recently delivered to letterboxes its Summer of Fun Events Guide for 2015-16, if you haven’t received one give the Council a call, or follow this link:
The program is full of events for all ages and the next big event is the Lake Monger Markets to be held between 8 am – 1 pm on Saturday 24 October 2015. It was a great success last year so it’s looking to be even better this year.

Community Garden

At long last the Community Garden is about to take delivery of its new feature gates which came about by courtesy of the Town of Cambridge and LotteryWest. You will also notice that the Town has replaced the old fencing that previously encased the garden. So in November please come and visit us and have a look at not only our gates but also our gardens and meet the wonderful gardeners ready to welcome you at any time they are in attendance. The community garden has its own website at

Community Issues
If there is anything the West Leederville Residents Association can assist with please do not hesitate to contact us our website is

Anne Lake

Local Government Elections

Meet the Candidates Night
Leederville Town Hall, 
84 Cambridge Street,
West Leederville 
on Monday 14 September at 7.00 pm. 
The Speakers will include the Mayoral candidates namely; Mayor Simon Withers, Cr Pauline O’Connor, Mrs Keri Shannon and Mr Gary Mack
All other nominating Wembley Ward candidates have also been invited.  It’s very important that we make sure that all candidates have the best interests of the Wembley and West Leederville areas as a central focus.  Its also a good time to meet your neighbours and listen to the skill base behind each Councillor.
The meeting will close by 9 pm at the latest.

Anzac Day Celebrations

The Town of Cambridge in conjunction with the RSL Cambridge Sub Branch will be conducting the 2015 Anzac Day Parade and remembrance ceremony. As it will be the Centenary of the ANZAC it is a great opportunity to honour and remember our nation’s heroes.

A free community cooked breakfast will be held by the West Leederville Sporting Club following the service and all community members attending the morning are welcome to attend.

A commemorative exhibition will be launched on Anzac Day, 25 April 2015 and feature the images, stories and memorabilia of each of the 179 Heroes whose names appear on the Leederville cenotaph outside the Hall. The display will also highlight what life was like for those women and children who were left behind on the home front.

The opening day of the exhibition will also feature two-up lessons, a photo booth allowing visitors to dress in costume from the time and have their photo taken with a period backdrop.

Staffed by Town of Cambridge volunteers and RSL members the display will be open each day from Saturday 25 April up to and including Sunday 3 May.

Interested school and community groups are invited to tour the exhibition at any time during this period. For further information please contact Rosemary Ritorto, Local Studies Librarian via telephone 08 9383 8969 or email

Anzac Day Parade and remembrance ceremony
When: Saturday, 25 April 2015 from 8-11am
Where: West Leederville Cenotaph, Cambridge Street, West Leederville

This event is part of the Summer of Fun. For a list of all events please visit the Summer of Fun events pocket guide. 

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Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting of West Leederville Residents Association

27 November 2014 7:30 pm
at 104 Woolwich St, West Leederville


Present: Sue Taylor, Noelle Stawarz, Henry Stawarz, Anne Lake, Peg Davies, Carole Duffill, Melita Brown, Shannon Lovelady, Susan Kennerly , Alan Langer, Louis Carr, Kim McCouncel, Sandy Coats, Ginny Wright, Teresa Kezzi, Sallie Boyd, Michael Green, Kate Sinfield, Diederik Mennen, Sonja Mennen, Felicity Simpson

  1. Welcome from the Chair.
  2. Apologies: Corinne MacRae, Ely De Pellegrin, Kathleen Blakers, Sue Benson, Bruce Stevenson, Simon Withers, Rod Bradley, George Davies, Monique DeVienna
  3. Minutes of previous meeting were published on the website, and no objections were tabled.
  4.  Guest Speaker: Councillor Alan Langer
    1. Alan answered a question about the traffic flow plans for the Georgiou and Psaros sites to encourage us that these considerations are being looked at from an overall view, rather than as a piecemeal approach. Cambridge Street developments have taken much longer than had been anticipated, and Alan apologised on behalf of the Town.
    2. Heritage Preservation in West Leederville
      1. Sallie Boyd has been raising concerns about the fate of 101 Northwood St. The recent request for a Heritage Review has been declined by the Heritage Commission. The developer has since been working with the Town of Cambridge to preserve the existing home and the character of the area. The amended plans for 101 Northwood have been submitted, will be assessed by the planning department, and then will become available to the Councillors after that. Alan commented that all councils were required and funded to do a heritage precinct study in 1997, which ought to be upgraded every 4 – 10 years. However, the State Heritage Committee have not enforced this, and it seems that more buildings seem to be coming off the list than are being put on the list. There are a very small number of houses on the register, and being on the inventory does not prevent development. There have been some successful methods of preserving worthy homes without preventing development in other suburbs, other states and other countries – there is certainly a better way to do it than the State Heritage Act as it currently stands. Alan suggested that a formal review might cost in the order of $50,000. Louis commented that the zoning in West Leederville has become so dense that the character of our streets is vulnerable, and agreed that a Heritage Register is required for West Leederville and Wembley homes. Sallie reported a misplaced community perception that houses like 101 Northwood St are already Heritage protected.
      2. Melita Brown reported that the residents had protested the change in R codes when they occurred, and asked if there would be any merit in trying to reverse them. Individual appeals for review are costly. Alan reported that the plans for the big developments do not go through the Town – they go straight to DAP, and are not restricted by R codes.
      3. Michael Green agreed that it is good that negotiations are underway to preserve the house in Northwood St. In East Fremantle, the council gave owners bonuses to enable them to retain (and upgrade) the existing house, and this was effective in maintaining the streetscapes. Perhaps this could be formalised in the Town Planning Scheme.
      4. The floor instructs the committee to write to the  CEO of the town of Cambridge to implement a Heritage Registry, with concessions available for upgrades and development of properties of Heritage significance. Houses were not reviewed in the 1997 review and need to be. Moved: Sallie Ness, Seconded: Shannon Lovelady
    3. High rise developments and compliance with Town Guidelines.
      1. Georgiou own two properties in Blencowe Street, and are negotiating with the local residents to optimise development, and have a DAP application going in shortly. Peg reported that the concerns of the local residents is that although these developments are architecturally more pleasing, the six storeys will cause problematic overshadowing. Louis reported that the Town has changed the regulations to prevent such high rise developments. However, TOC does not have the role of approval for these large developments. Peg reported that people, especially children, tend to cross laneways expecting to have right of way and with high level traffic coming out of the lane, injuries will certainly occurs. Blencowe Street is zoned R30.
      2. Henry Stawarz asked about the status of the Precinct Plans, and whether it should influence the DAPs. Alan advised that it is in force, but although it should influence the DAPs they seem to have the right to ignore it. The amendments to the scheme are available on the Town website.
      3. Melita asked whether there had been any plans submitted for the old petrol station site. No plans have been submitted. It is a small, difficult site.
    4. West Leederville Town Centre
      1. The High Street development is nearly complete. The cars leaving the JB O’Reilly’s carpark sometimes use Holyrood Street inappropriately and dangerously. A review of traffic flows is mooted for the future.
      2. Peg Davies affirmed Town of Cambridge for taking notice of the residents, and for trying to improve the area, but it has now become a dangerous place for pedestrians and cyclists. Alan acknowledged that the project had many shortcomings. The engineers have found 258 faults which still need to be rectified. Modifications may be required. Peg asked for the exotic plants to be replaced by natives when the time comes. Felicity Simpson congratulated the Council on lovely streetscaping.
      3. Anne thanked the Town for supporting the High Street Festival, which had a lovely atmosphere, and encouraged community spirit in a lovely way.
      4. Carole noted that right turns from the underground carpark at Coles are still occurring and are dangerous. There are modifications to be done.
    5. Carole also reported increased traffic problems further west on Cambridge St. There is inadequate pedestrian crossover near the Hospital, despite the increased number of medical establishments on the north side of the road. The meeting will write to the Town requesting a review of pedestrian safety at the McCourt Street / Cambridge St end of the Hospital. Moved: Carole Duffil, Seconded: Noelle Stawarz.
    6. Henry Stawarz suggested that the planned re-examination of the High Street review might include the hospital precinct in the western extent.
    7. Alan informed the meeting that the two hour parking restrictions are spreading wider to prevent people from parking in our suburban streets and walking to the bus stop.
  5. Business Arising
    1. Several questions for the meeting were submitted with apologies, and as we ran out of time, they are recorded here:
      1. My name is Bruce Stevenson and my wife Ruth and I have lived at 73 Woolwich st West Leederville for 24 years.
        About 10 years ago I wrote a letter to Town of Cambridge recommending they establish a heritage trail in our community.
        In short my suggestion was-
        Identify the tram route up Woolwich /McCourt Streets  by laying half metre sections of tram track level in the road every 50 metres with a plaque in the middle with historical details displayed. ie. Date tram commissioned- date decommissioned etc, etc.
        Using plaques on the footpath identify where places of significance existed such as delicatessens, petrol stations, butchers, garages, fire stations, tram stops, Bob Hawke went to West Leederville Primary School etc, etc.
        Need to employ an historian to map out significant locations of interest and provide more detail.
        The plaques on the footpath have a number and link to Cambridge website and tell a story of the significant landmark and identifying the historical trail.
        Sorry I can’t be at the meeting but this would be a fantastic innovation for our area. No other area has done this plus has our history. Wouldn’t it be great to walk around the streets and walk the trail?
        Regards   Bruce Stevenson, Manager Commercial and Recreational Licensing Services
      2. Sue Benson added: “will this include aboriginal history as well?”
      3. George Davies submitted a report in actions pertaining to the Northwood St developments.
  6. Reports:
    1. President

In many ways this year was a little quieter in terms of resident responses to some of the major issues that confronted our lovely residential environment this year.  This I think was a result of the hard fought battle against the Kimberly Street development. It appeared to leave some war weary.  The three biggest issues that were expressed in received emails were the length of time it took to complete Cambridge Street, the Northwood Street development and the lack of respect for the residents and the State Administrative Processes and the lack of planning to preserve valuable Heritage.    It was only towards the end of the year that residents found their passion to demonstrate their displeasure in both development and heritage areas.

Once again the Town while not always agreeing with our suggestions has listened respectfully to our concerns and where ever possible have provided assistance by way of staff input or responding directly to residents.  Perhaps the most successful newsletter was the one dedicated to Council responses to questions and concerns put by our members.

It is difficult for us to feel that we are heard and our concerns given consideration by DAP panels who appear to pay lip service and often have already made decisions in a forum not always open to our residents.  The Subiaco Post has always been willing to give us the publicity needed when we feel an injustice has been done and at best has ensured that a broader circulation is aware of the issues facing western suburbs residents in real time exposure. With more participation it would be possible to have a greater influence

In addition to the advocacy role we could consider a return to the family New Year Eve celebrations which bought families together in a same local environment.

Once again Our Community Garden has won acclaim as a model of what a community gardens can look and feel like.  There is a never ending train of visitors from other communities wanting to set up the same model in their locality.   It’s difficult to explain that our model is only successful because of the sense of community that is so evident in West Leederville and without that sense and commitment other gardens are not likely to succeed in the long term.  Another element to our success is the generosity of the staff of the Town of Cambridge who offer every assistance to any issues that may arise in the garden and we are very grateful for their interest and assistance.  If you would like to become involved then please just go to our website   and follow the links.

Speaking of our website, we are once again indebted to Sue Taylor for her inquisitiveness which led to the development of this very user friendly site.  Thank you for your generosity of time and spirit.

It is my hope that our community continues to thrive and with such willing committee members, committed and open residents and a supportive local government the future of our lifestyle and sense of community is very encouraging.

    1. Community Garden

The community garden looks great. Increasingly, it is a lush and green haven as the fruit trees grow and plots as well as the general areas are better managed. Felicity reported that more young involvement on the committee would be most welcome. The garden has links with the Youth Centre but their commitment comes and goes.  WLCG Report for WLRA AGM Nov 27 2014

    1. Financial Report

The bank account held by WLRA is used almost exclusively for the Community Garden, although historically, some WLRA business, such as the New Years Eve party have used the account. Some explanatory notes for the General Ledger [Summary recent] and the Standard Balance Sheet 2015 follow. Retained earnings includes an “end of year adjustment” on 1 July 2013 of $2848, done as an attempt to mitigate the “payment in kind” figures from years gone by. “Historical balancing” is from before June 2013. Trade debtors is only $210 over the past two years. “Trade Creditors” is from 2011 mostly. Fundraising includes a Lotterywest Grant, takings from BBQ and jam sales at the Spade-to-Table event, and donations from WembleySupa IGA.  Of the Lotterwest Grant of $5760 we have so far only spent $1754. Furniture and Fixtures are things like Wheelbarrows, padlocks, spades etc.

    1. Heritage report

Was covered in the discussion minuted at 4.b

  1. Election of Office Bearers
    1. President – Anne Lake
    2. Secretary – Sue Taylor
    3. Treasurer – Sue Taylor
    4. 5 General committee members – Henry Stawarz, Sallie Boyd, Felicity Simpson, Noelle Stawarz,  Sonja Mennen
  2. Anne asked that we write to the Town to thank them for all their help. Anne offered to put some information in the newsletter about the council amalgamations, district boundary changes. St Barnabas was thanked for hosting the meeting. Sue will produce a description of the work involved in the Secretary position and circulate to Committee members.
  3. Meeting Closed at 21:30

Finding a balance

We are circulating a petition
to ask the Town of Cambridge to complete it’s Heritage Review in West Leederville
for the preservation
of the best of our character homes.

Volunteers will be door knocking, and available at local meeting places over the next two weeks.

There is more background information here.

If you would prefer to sign it online,
you can find it here.

101 verandahYour comments are welcome – there is a discussion on our Facebook page.

Plea for help from Blencowe Street

A call out to all West Leederville Residents:

Psaros building are pressing ahead with a call for Expressions of Interest this Saturday from 12-3pm and again Sunday on site at 23 Northwood St, West Leederville.
Their proposed development has a 7 storey building on the laneway overlooking and overshadowing our single storey character homes and back gardens. More information can be found  here.
The DAP have twice voted against it being allowed as it is in clear breach of the West Leederville precinct policy guidelines which was formulated after a long consultation within our community.
Psaros have little regard for any of the uniqueness of our suburb, build as big and for as much profit as you can get!
The Blencowe St residents have spent many unpaid hours in defending our position and ask all West Leederville residents to gather @ 23 Northwood St this Saturday 12pm for the Subiaco Post to witness our unity.
The Town of Cambridge Council have been very supportive in opposition but this matter will now go before SAT yet again.
Today it is on our doorstep.
Tomorrow it will be yours!
Jane Langsford
10 Blencowe St
Some further background:
Since March this year we were made aware of the purchase of 21-23 Northwood St and earmarked to be developed by Psaros Building Pty Ltd.
The section of Northwood St between Cambridge St and Railway Parade has been the home of flower markets and wholesalers. Cambridge council even considered a ‘market street’ during the drawing up of a precinct plan for West Leederville.
It has now become of great appeal to developers for its proximity, accessibility and price. This development will set the precedent for future developments in West Leederville and has been vigorously opposed by the residents of Blencowe St, streets west of Pether Lane and the Cambridge Council.
The first proposal was a 8 storey Building extending back to  the lane way with a ground floor commercial space and 7 more storeys comprising 38 apartments. They have called this development FIORE. The bulk of this building with apartments overlooking into our homes and backyards saw it rejected at the first DAP meeting. Psaros immediately appealed to SAT and through mediation were made to revise their plans to address the overshadowing, privacy and lack of sympathy with surrounding single storey character homes.
Psaros returned plans for a 7 storey development, comprising 36 apartments but without compliance to the precinct policy or addressing the community concerns. At a DAP meeting in July, again members voted to allow time for residents to respond to the new plans. Many Blencowe St residents attended. We have had neighbours spend more than  100 hours of unpaid work drawing up architectural plans showing the sight lines, building shadows and size comparing it to other developments in the near vicinity.
On Monday, DAP refused the revised development of FIORE but arrogantly, Psaros has pressed on with the building of 6 -7 stories of scaffolding at the site and done letter drops and advertising in the Western Suburbs and The West Australian. They have stated the opening for EOI to purchase apartments commences with a grand opening on Saturday.
No doubt Psaros will appeal again to SAT where potentially they can get their original 8 storey development approved overturning the council, DAP and the communities wishes.
The residents can apply to be permitted as ‘ interested third party’ in the SAT process but it seems likely you need a lawyer to help achieve this.
Psaros by the way promote themselves as ‘sustainable living’ ‘community minded’ ‘helping the urban sprawl’ but after seeing the boss Danny Psaros behave after the DAP meeting and another loss, we would seriously doubt those statements. The residents of Blencowe St realise we need the rest of our suburb to be made aware of what we agreed upon for West Leederville and how imappropriate developments for small sites shouldn’t be allowed just for a greater profit margin.