Committee to cover PCC

A WA Government-formed committee, complete with statutory powers, could be helping to decided the planning of the Perth CBD.

A spokesman for Planning Minister Graham Kierath said it was hoped the committee would receive WA Cabinet blessing in early July.

Planning in the CBD is usually the realm of the Perth City Council.

The spokesman said the committee was not designed to take over council’s role. He said the committee would sit half way between council and the WA Planning Commission.

Council has been criticised lately for its lack of a coherent plan for the CBD.

The Property Council of Australia’s WA branch recently branded the CBD a “rudderless” city.

It does lack a town planner although a search for one has been ongoing for the past seven months.

The East Perth Redevelopment Authority, a government body, has extended its boundaries to take in the eastern gateway to the CBD.

Some councillors are concerned the WA Government is eroding council’s control of the city.

But Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass welcomed the new committee.

“It is a very positive move,” Dr Nattrass said.

“The government is establishing what I would call a sub-committee to deal with council matters that come within the WA Planning Commission’s jurisdiction.”

Dr Nattrass said he was also in favour of the planning ‘think-tank’ committee Mr Kierath has also set up.

The nine-man committee is made up of Tony Brand, Adrian Fini, Paul Jones, Professor Peter Newman, Laurie O’Meara, Maurice Owen, Paul Ritter, Professor George Seddon and Bill Warnock.

It is designed to stimulate discussion on the future appearance of the city.

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