2017 WLRA Annual General Meeting

The West Leederville Residents Association AGM was held on 20 July 2017

7:32 pm at 104 Woolwich St, West Leederville

  1. Welcome from the Chair.
    1. Anne Lake commenced the meeting by welcoming everyone, and introducing the existing committee: Anne Lake, Sue Taylor and Henry and Noell Stawarz.
    2. The West Leederville Community Garden is now incorporated separately from the WLRA to simplify the Treasurer’s role, and the procurement of Grants.
  2. Attendance: Sue Taylor, Sabrina Klinger, Andrew Thomson, Corinne MacRae, Jane Powell, Anne Lake, Tracey King, Peg Davies, George Davies, Liz Ferguson, Carole Duffill
  3. Apologies: Cr. Carr, Greg and Louise Toy and Brian Galton-Fenzi, Steven and Gillian Ingram, Melita Brown
  4. Minutes of Previous meeting were accepted – Moved: HS, Seconded: NS.
  5. New Business
    1. Local Planning Strategy. Many meetings have been held and attended, organised by the Town of Cambridge and by the local residents. The preferred scenario that was put to TOC last month was favourably reviewed by residents of West Leederville, although there was some resistance from the Coast Ward. Because of some delays, the LPS will be advertised in (about) February.
      1. (SK) Questions were raised about the infill targets, which are thought to be out of date by many residents. In particular, is it appropriate to be considering methods to meet these targets until they have been confirmed? Should we not also be considering the increased densities in our neighbouring suburbs (Subiaco Oval redevelopment may reach the regional targets without the need for further changes in Cambridge). (CM) In 2014, the TOC target was 5500, then in 2015 it was increased to 6900 in the Perth-Peel document. There are still questions about where these figures come from, and what the rationale is. The earlier target was arrived at after consultation with TOC and seemed reasonable. (SK) When the LPS options were developed, were they just a statistical analysis, or was there some critical thinking involved? What quality checks were performed? (TK) The Perth-Peel document did specify that development needs to be focussed around activity centres (shopping, transport etc), and these directions have been dictated to TOC. (AL) During the consultation period, the consultants were asked to explain how they developed the templates, how do they qualify the validity for each household’s response? (CM) The views of the West Leederville community were heard at the council workshop before it was presented at Council. (AL) George and Anne attended the JDAP meeting, and were amazed at the number of empty units in the development – they have not achieved 50% pre-sales. (GD) The JDAP voted against extending the time, Georgiou appealed. There is a further meeting on 28th July to decide whether there will be a formal hearing. Perhaps the financial standing of the developers should be considered in planning applications? But planning decisions are not economic or financial. As a community, however, the problem is bigger than planning: a half-finished project is still a burden borne by the community and the tax-payer. (HS) The LPS has become entangled in numbers, rather than setting a framework for growth in TOC. We need to base our scheme on robust planning, not numbers. (CM) The important thing is quality, rather than quantity: we need more of the missing middle-level accommodation (townhouses, villas). (AP) We need to focus on community building and housing options to augment that. We might benefit from more retail in our area. We need to refocus the debate to be on healthy communities, and on the diversity of accommodation required by people in different stages of life. (CM) Housing is only one component, but we need to also consider commercial and employment opportunities. (SK) We are a family suburb – young families, older people, young couples.
    2. Consideration of amalgamation with Wembley-West Leederville Ratepayers Association. WWLRA have approached us to be taken over by WLRA, as they have been unable to get anyone interested in engaging with the current issues. This needs to be more generally discussed than the current group, and so was raised for discussion rather than decision. There are some significant differences in our groups: we are deliberately for residents (rather than ratepayers), which is quite different. Corinne commented that WWLRA has contributed many good things to the community (including sausage sizzles and cleaning up Lake Monger).
  6. Reminder that we need people on the Committee who are not one-issue members. There are always many issues that come up – road safety, traffic concerns, building issues, park development, removal of mailboxes, the building up of community spirit. Although we all have pet issues, we need to be prepared to continue to engage after our single issue is resolved.
  7. Reports
    1. President – LPS and Community Garden. The Community Garden has been particularly successful in obtaining grants – new gates were installed and we are grateful to the Town of Cambridge for their help with several issues (not least dealing with the GST). We also have new signs. Bunnings have donated reusable bags, a new Members’ Manual, and a Children’s Activity Pack. Anne demonstrated the contents of the Children’s Pack. The Children’s Gardening Book has been developed, and is in high demand from other community gardens. The Open Day will be held in Spring. (PD) The WLRA started very actively because we were angry about traffic, but we got sick of being angry and started the community garden to grow community with a great deal of support from the TOC. (SK) Why not create an atmosphere for Diner En Blanc. Local Rogaining? New Years Music-fest (but not in the middle of summer?) (CM) Rotary might be happy to fund some of these things.
    2. Secretary and Treasurer Report
    3. Peg thanked Anne and Sue, and also Henry for all their work.
  8. Election of Office Bearers – Anne proposed that this be dealt with “out-of-session” as the meeting did not reach Quorum.
    1. Chair
    2. Secretary
    3. Treasurer (in name and paperwork only)
    4. General Committee Members (at least 5)
  9. New Business Arising
  10. Close Meeting

Information on the duties of the Committee:

Chairperson

  • It is the duty of the chairperson to consult with the secretary regarding the business to be conducted at each committee meeting and general meeting.
  • The chairperson has the powers and duties relating to convening and presiding at committee meetings and presiding at general meetings provided for in these rules.

Secretary

  • Dealing with the Association’s correspondence;
  • Consulting with the chairperson regarding the business to be conducted at each committee meeting and general meeting;
  • Preparing the notices required for meetings and for the business to be conducted at meetings;
  • Unless another member is authorised by the committee to do so, maintaining on behalf of the Association the register of members, and recording in the register any changes in the membership, as required under section 53(1) of the Act;
  • Maintaining on behalf of the Association an up-to-date copy of these rules, as required under section 35(1) of the Act;
  • Unless another member is authorised by the committee to do so, maintaining on behalf of the Association a record of committee members and other persons authorised to act on behalf of the Association, as required under section 58(2) of the Act;
  • Ensuring the safe custody of the books of the Association, other than the financial records, financial statements and financial reports, as applicable to the Association;
  • Maintaining full and accurate minutes of committee meetings and general meetings;
  • Carrying out any other duty given to the secretary under these rules or by the committee.

Guidance note – Record of Office Holders – detailed information about what must be included in the record of office holders is included under rule 68.

Treasurer

  • Ensuring that any amounts payable to the Association are collected and issuing receipts for those amounts in the Association’s name;
  • Ensuring that any amounts paid to the Association are credited to the appropriate account of the Association, as directed by the committee;
  • Ensuring that any payments to be made by the Association that have been authorised by the committee or at a general meeting are made on time;
  • Ensuring that the Association complies with the relevant requirements of Part 5 of the Act;
  • Ensuring the safe custody of the Association’s financial records, financial statements and financial reports, as applicable to the Association;
  • If the Association is a tier 1 association, coordinating the preparation of the Association’s financial statements before their submission to the Association’s annual general meeting;
  • If the Association is a tier 2 association or tier 3 association, coordinating the preparation of the Association’s financial report before its submission to the Association’s annual general meeting;
  • Providing any assistance required by an auditor or reviewer conducting an audit or review of the Association’s financial statements or financial report under Part 5 Division 5 of the Act;
  • Carrying out any other duty given to the treasurer under these rules or by the committee.

Request for Tender (RFT) LOCAL PLANNING STRATEGY (LPS)

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
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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 http://yoursay.cambridge.wa.gov.au/cambridge2027  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 wlra.org.au 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.

Disclaimer
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 www.cambridge.wa.gov.au

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.

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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:
http://www.cambridge.wa.gov.au/Council/Your_Council/Council_Elections

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:
http://www.cambridge.wa.gov.au/Council/Corporate_Documents/Summer_of_Fun_Events_Guide
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 http://www.wlra.org.au/?page_id=36

Community Issues
If there is anything the West Leederville Residents Association can assist with please do not hesitate to contact us our website is http://www.wlra.org.au

Anne Lake
Chair

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.

Spring is here!

Your local Community Choir is warming up to bring you a refreshing Spring Concert – we have teamed up with the Dalkeith Road Community Choir to bring a relaxing evening with a wide range of songs.

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Come and enjoy the music and a cuppa on Tuesday night, September 22 at 7:30pm.

Tickets: $30.00 (Unwaged $20) at the door or from http://www.trybooking.com/IYTG

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St Barnabas Community Choir Flyer PDF without colour background – why not print one out to share at work or school?

 

WeLComE

In 2009, a subgroup of WLRA decided to try and tackle the related issues of Climate Change and Living Sustainably at the local level – after a couple of meetings we came up with this mission statement:

“A group with mission of reducing our community’s environmental footprint by 10% in 2010 resulting ina more sustainable and resilient neighborhood.”

To that end, various members of the committee sought baseline statistics for our local electricity and water usage rates as compared to similar suburbs, and prepared an aerial audit of evidence of local sustainability initiatives: solar panels on rooves, water tanks, vegetable gardens.

We ran a series of Film Nights, sometimes with dinner included, and built up to our very own LivingSmart course. Participants were not all local, but all were enthusiastic.

You may notice from the website that plans for 2014 are a little sparse – please do add your comments and help keep the fire burning  and encourage enthusiasm amongst our neighbours gently. If you would like to be added to our specific WeLComE email list, let me know.

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 rritorto@cambridge.wa.gov.au.

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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