13/04/1999 - 22:00

Tess Stroud

13/04/1999 - 22:00

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Deputy lord mayor Tess Stroud is “dying to see more cranes on the skyline” but warns “we don’t want to grow too quickly”.

Tess Stroud
Deputy lord mayor Tess Stroud is “dying to see more cranes on the skyline” but warns “we don’t want to grow too quickly”.

“We have a wonderful city here that needs to have some well-thought out planning but we should tread carefully...the wrong town planner can set the city years behind — it’s happened before,” Mrs Stroud said.

She said the vibrancy of the city would be greatly improved by having barriers removed that divided the city.

“You’ve got Riverside Drive and the freeway dividing the foreshore from the city, and a railway line blocking access to Northbridge. I’m all for the sinking of the railway in Northbridge... it will unite the city and create activity.

“We need to try and bring more activity to the foreshore. Here is fabulous land being under-utilised. In other cities with foreshores there are joggers, rollerbladers and children’s playgrounds to attract people to recreate there. We should do the same.”

Mrs Stroud said a recent report from the Safety Security Commission was encouraging, indicating that crime in Perth had dropped dramatically.

“There has been a drop in crime of 17.3 per cent in the last seven months, and I would attribute much of this to a greater police presence on the railway concourse,” she said.

“More patrolmen in two-way radio contact with police will further improve safety.”

Mrs Stroud’s origins in local government were with the West Pilbara Shire in the 1970s.

“With thousands of miles to fly to meetings and cyclones tearing the roof off the house, it was interesting, character-building stuff,” she said.

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