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2017 AGM AND ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS FOR 2018
It was a pleasure to see two Life Memberships awarded to two very special men at our Society's AGM, held on 4 December. Former City of Stirling Councillors, Mr Terry Tyzack and Mr Rod Willox were each given Life Membership of the Mount Lawley Society for "outstanding service to the Community and the Mount Lawley Society as Councillors in the promotion, protection and understanding of the very special heritage characteristics of Inglewood, Menora and Mount Lawley". Rod as Councillor for the Lawley Ward since 1993 and Terry as Councillor for the Lawley and Inglewood Wards since 1974.
After listening to the various reports, it shows that the past year has been a very busy one for the Society, with some wonderful highlights such as our 40th Anniversary.
We farewelled four Committee Members: Treasurer Bruce Wooldridge and Committee members; John Wreford, Andy Ross and Phillipa Baines. Thank you to these wonderful and hardworking members.
We welcomed three new Committee members in Terry Tyzack, Tracey King and Jan Wilkie as well as Committee members who have re-nominated: Paul Collins (President), Mark Hodge (Vice-president), Sheila Robinson (Secretary), Pina Caffarelli (Treasurer), Christina Gustavson, Rita Tognini, Peter Conole and Patron, Barrie Baker.
DAP Issue –
WA Planning Minister, Rita Saffioti on ABC Talkback Radio 27 June 2017
This morning, WA's Minister for Planning, Rita Saffioti, was questioned by ABC Presenter, Geoff Hutchison on the DAP Issue. Please listen to the audio of Ms Saffioti as well as the reply from Mount Lawley Society President, Paul Collins. Apologies for the audio quality as well as missing the first part of Paul Collins' reply.
FEDERAL PARLIAMENT MENTION FOR MOUNT LAWLEY SOCIETY
Mr Tim Hammond, MHR for Perth, rose in Federal Parliament on 11 May 2017 to provide a congratulatory message to the Mount Lawley Society for our 40th Anniversary year in 2017, as well as acknowledging the continued hard work our Patron, Barrie Baker, has done during his 38 year membership of the Society.
The Society thanks you, Tim, for your ongoing support.
Please download the excerpt here: House of Representatives Hansard Statement Thursday 11 May 2017
Guildford Road Widening and Meltham Street Train Station Precinct plan
If we thought that 2017 was going to be less hectic, we were in for a bit of a shock.
We have hit the ground running with submissions to Councils and the Planning Department on both the Guildford Road Scheme Amendment and the Meltham Station Precinct Plan. These submissions are available here to view:
Concerns about the Mount Lawley and Meltham Street train stations and Guildford Road widening
There have been concerns recently in our area about the Guildford Road widening, and what that might involve, as well as the reportingof the closure of the Mount Lawley and the Meltham Street train stations. Our members and visitors to our site might be interested in the comments and letters, to those who might be affected, by our local State Member for Mount Lawley, Mr Michael Sutherland.
“How will we know it’s us without our past?
… They sat and looked at it and burned it into their memories.”
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
WALCOTT STREET, MOUNT LAWLEY HAS LOST ITS LAST CORNER STORE…
Despite a Heritage Protection Area within the City of Stirling’s Planning Scheme requiring the retention of such buildings and a strong campaign from the Mount Lawley Society, all power was lost when the State Government’s undemocratic Development Assessment Panel (DAP) took over and sanctioned its removal on 15 October 2015 and 15 December 2016.
The ample land at the rear was not enough room for development—it required the removal of the whole building.
It didn’t take long for the developer to move in with demolition starting late January and completed this month and for what? The developer is looking for pre-sales but what if they’re not achieved, the community is left with a vacant lot? The Mount Lawley/Inglewood community is pretty savvy and pre-sales are not a foregone conclusion. If developers don’t bring the local community along with them then their project is at risk of failing. Heritage buildings were demolished on the corner of Burt St and Walcott St more than a year ago and pre-sales are still being sought. Meanwhile the community lives with the loss of heritage buildings and a now vacant site. Another example was the ugly, over-height, over-bulked and under-parked DAP approved development on the Inglewood IGA site in Beaufort St. Such overzealous development sanctioned by DAP was never going to work with the Inglewood community. It just wanted its IGA back.
A smart developer would look at incorporating existing heritage buildings into a new development and take the local Mount Lawley/Inglewood community with them but where are the smart developers? Clearly, they’re not required whilst DAPs are around.
So, after a tally of five heritage buildings lost in the Heritage Protection Areas of the City of Stirling in 2016 due to DAPs, we have our first for 2017.
Development Assessment Panels are our biggest threat to heritage and your Committee is working hard to ensure a scrapping of the Panels or a significant policy change from our major parties before this election. We met face to face with the WA Opposition Planning Minister, Ms Rita Saffioti, and the new Planning Minister Hon Donna Faragher MLC. However, neither major party has yet offered a policy to abolish or reform DAPs.
To our knowledge, the only political party promising to ‘Scrap the DAP’ is the Julie Matheson Party. This party is contesting the Upper House with Julie Matheson contesting the North Metropolitan Region and Russell Goodrick contesting the East Metropolitan Region.
DEMOLITION BY GRADUAL DEMOLITION
NOW NOTHING IS LEFT OF THE FORMER HISTORIC 1912 POLE'S STORE IN BEAUFORT STREET
WA DAY WEEKEND - JUST ANOTHER DAY TO REMOVE ANOTHER PIECE OF HISTORY ??
This was a disgusting but excellent exercise in how developers finally get their way and achieve a complete demolition.
Even though the current day look of 760 Beaufort street was not pretty or even remotely looking like a heritage building, underneath that cream and red paint were the original walls of the Pole's Store dating back to 1912.
The new development CLEARLY required the retention of the facade.
But, it appears, that by gutting the inner walls of the building the external walls have now become unsafe and the OK has been given to demolish the facade.
From the moment any plans are passed, Councils must ensure that developers be made to ensure the safety and stability of the saved facades of historic buildings.
Presentation on Beaufort Street Activity Corridor by City of Stirling
Daniel Heymans (Coordinator City Planning Projects) and Fraser Henderson (Manager of Planning) from City of Stirling addressed the meeting with the City’s findings and proposed outcomes from the Scheme amendment advertised in early 2015.
Pleasingly, most of the points submitted by the MLS were taken on board and most of them have been incorporated into the report to go to the full Council in April, including height restrictions, removal of mandatory nil setbacks, increased rear row setbacks, re-instating visitor parking and no longer proceeding with a narrowing of the Main Road Reservation.
Unfortunately, our submission to retain the Character Retention Guidelines for demolition of pre-1960 dwellings on Beaufort St was not accepted. The City would prefer to list buildings and facades for protection in an Appendix.
A copy of the presentation is available for our members to view clicking on the Beaufort Street Activity Corridor image on this page.
Presenters were thanked for attendance on a public holiday.
Interesting Article and Comments Relevant to the Retention of
Heritage Buildings on Beaufort Street
"One of the fundamental principles associated with integrating heritage-rich buildings with new ones is to consider the space around the old building. If you can't provide any breathing space then at least plan a development which allows the old girl some dignity."
"People experience places in the urban environment at street level and it is at this level where things go so wrong ... standing at the footpath and looking up at the junction between these two buildings, what I see and feel is one big bully boy belittling the other in a monstrous way."
These comments are by Linley Lutton, University of Western Australia planning lecturer and owner of a Perth urban design firm.
To read the full article:
Diminishing Tree Canopy in Our Suburbs
"IN A MOVE THAT COULD PAVE THE WAY FOR SIMILAR CHANGES ACROSS PERTH, THE CITY OF STIRLING WANTS ITS APPROVALS PROCESS TO REQUIRE DEVELOPERS TO PROTECT SIGNIFICANT TREES"
This, and more, in the article in The West Australian on Thursday 10 March 2016, talks of the catastrophic problem that "290ha of tree canopy would be lost to infill housing by 2030 under a 'business as usual' approach".
Interestingly, as you can see in the attached article in the paper in 1983, it highlights the Mount Lawley Society's ongoing stance of "OUR STREET TREES ... AND THEIR FUTURE".
Read more in both articles alongside this story.
Let's make this the last weatherboard heritage property to go down into the dust !!
The demolition of this weatherboard house in a heritage area has already been endorsed by the Planning and Development Committee of the City of Stirling. It now comes before the full council tonight (16 February 2016).
This property, at 177 Seventh Avenue Inglewood, is one of fewer than 16 weatherboard/fibro dwellings in Mount Lawley/Inglewood built early on in the development of these suburbs. AT LEAST SIX HAVE BEEN DEMOLISHED ALREADY.
Is a weatherboard house in these areas an anachronism in 2016, basically too primitive to be retained or modernised ? This may well be an overwhelmingly common belief, so that these properties are prime opportunities for developers to acquire, neglect and then demolish. But these rare properties do have a value in our community, for they point back to the very earliest days of our city in those suburbs. They clearly belong to the heritage of our city.
One might be surprised to learn that some private owners of these properties are proud of them and have carefully preserved and have sympathetically modernised them. There are numerous examples in the many 'avenues' in the Mount Lawley/Inglewood suburbs.
The City of Stirling (and JDAPs and the State Government) should be working to strongly favour such as these last three examples, and not to implicitly favour the ravaging or wilfully neglectful owner on his/her course to demolition. The Mount Lawley Society, and the community in general, applaud the City of Stirling for the steps it has taken to support heritage properties and values. However, we owe it to our descendants to make sure that this is the last (weatherboard) heritage property to go down into the dust.
AND ANOTHER THREE BITE THE DUST !!
Sadly, three houses owned by Perth College were demolished on 8th January 2016. Today the ground is littered with piles of rubble that were once classic Mount Lawley homes.
Let's hope the design of their new structure changes from the very 'un-heritage-like' steel and glass structure that is proposed, to something that suits this heritage protection area.
ENERGETIC END OF YEAR SUNDOWNER AND AGM
It was a great turnout for the society's Sundowner and AGM on Monday 7 December.
It was wonderful to have our guest speaker, Richard Offen from Heritage Perth, give an enlightening and optimistic talk about the transformation of Perth over the last 186 year. Richard's enthusiasm for the heritage around us all is contagious and was well-received. Thank you, Richard.
It was also lovely for members and guests to mingle and chat in the welcoming surroundings of the Mount Lawley Bowling Club.
As is our custom, we held our AGM during the night and we are excited to announce our 2015 Executive and Committee:
President: Tim Hammond
Vice President: Paul Collins
Treasurer: Bruce Wooldridge
Secretary: Sheila Robinson
Patron: Barrie Baker
Committee: Christina Gustavson, Phillipa Baines, Ian Merker, Andy Ross, John Wreford, Rita Tognini, Clare Buising, Pina Caffarelli, Mark Hodge.
We especially welcome our new committee members: Clare, Pina and Mark.
Let's see what challenges and issues 2016 brings us. With the new committee in place, and with our members behind us, we will tackle these issues with renewed vigour.
A FARCICAL DECISION
Help Save Our Heritage
If you are at all concerned about your community and the demolition of houses in a 'so-called' Heritage Protection Area, then please contact your local State Member of Parliament and voice your concerns about this disappointing decision by the Joint Development Assessment Panel on the Perth College proposed demolition of four heritage houses in Lawley Crescent Mount Lawley.
After the City of Stirling Council's unanimous decision to refuse the demolition of four heritage houses, the State Government’s North West MetroJDAP approved the demolition of four properties in Lawley Crescent last Thursday 24 September 2015. The properties are at 24, 26, 28 and 30 Lawley Crescent.
All four properties are completely covered by the City of Stirling Heritage Protection Area Guidelines. That is, they were built in the protected time frame; are intact examples of their architectural style; are structurally safe and sound; and contribute significantly to an intact streetscape.
Perth College has in the past been the biggest demolisher of properties in the Heritage Protection Area, and the demolition of these four is the single largest act of destruction of our built heritage.
The three members who sit on the Development Application are government appointees and are not accountable to the local community. Our elected Councillors at City of Stirling [plus Councillors of all the City of Stirling Wards] had voted unanimously to oppose the demolition on Tuesday 15 September.
Support for Private Institution Design Guidelines and the 2015 Heritage Bill
The Mount Lawley Society has been busy in the last few weeks with various submissions - two of which we support.
We fully support City of Stirling's 'Private Institution Design Guidelines' as well as substantially supporting the State Heritage Office's 2015 Heritage Bill.
Please read these submissions, as they probably affect the neighbourhood in which you live:
Pleasing Result from State Administrative Tribunal on Development in Central Avenue
The State Administrative Tribunal recently rejected a seven unit development at 179 Central Avenue Inglewood stating that "if such a precedence was established it could, in time, substantially compromise the significance of the locality.
This development would have been the first two-storey dwelling to directly front Central Avenue, and as such, the heritage guidelines cold not be compromised."
The Mount Lawley Society applauds this decision.
Our committee has been lobbying on behalf of, and providing support to, those residents who would have been living in the shadow of this proposed development. Relieved resident, Regan Whitby said "this sends a message to the residents of the area that inappropriate developments can be successfully challenged and that the Character Retention Guidelines for the area must be carefully considered by developers."
The City of Stirling had previously rejected the developer's plans for this two-storey complex, which is inside the City's heritage protection zone.
Proposed Demolition of Four Classic 1920s Houses by Perth College in Lawley Crescent
We seek community support to stop the demolition of 24, 26, 28 and 30 Lawley Crescent (see photos). The College plans to build a Senior Learning and Leadership Centre but we hope that with community input these classic 1920s houses can be retained.
The Mount Lawley Society objects to these demolitions on the following grounds:
1. The demolitions are contrary to the City of Stirling Character Protection Guidelines Policy No 3.
2. All houses were built in the 1920s and are in the Mount Lawley Heritage Protection Area.
This Perth College proposal calls for complete demolition of the houses.
The proposed design makes no attempt to incorporate the character features of the houses, which are evident from the street. Sadly, Perth College, in their Community Information marketing book, showed photos of their rubbish at the rear of these houses, rather than the streetscape views.
See http://www.perthcollege.wa.edu.au/PerthCollege/media/Our-School-PDFs/DesignUpdate_March2015.pdf or download the document direct by clicking here
The City’s Policy Guidelines state: One of the objectives of the Heritage Protection Areas is to ensure the retention of buildings in the Areas dating from the early 1900s to the 1950s where the architectural style of the building is generally intact. The MLS observes that the affected houses are generally intact.
In 1974-1977 that part of Lawley Crescent suffered four heavy blows when the magnificent homes at Nos 13, 17, 19 and 23 were demolished. This left, except for the Perth College buildings, five lovely homes on the north side of the street: Nos 20, 24, 26, 28 and 30.
This streetscape is all that is left of the fine and gracious part of Lawley Crescent leading up from Beaufort Street to the curve down to First Avenue.
Perth College now seeks to demolish four of these properties (Nos 24, 26, 28, 30) and thus emasculate all that remains of this heart of old Mount Lawley — and this is planned in a defined Heritage Protection Area.
The Society strongly deplores this major removal of heritage buildings and values. The removal of four significant homes in one blow is unprecedented in modern times.
The Society strongly urges that these four properties be retained.
Anzac Day Commemoration at Mount Lawley Senior High School
On Friday 24 April 2015 the school conducted its annual Anzac Day Commemoration. The keynote address was delivered by Mr Arthur Leggett, OAM, ED. At 96 years of age, Arthur remains a firm favourite of the student cohort with his wit, sense of humour and generous spirit.
A number of guests from the Mount Lawley Society, Rotary Clubs and present and former senior Army officers attended the service. Rotary Club of Heirisson exchange student, Charles, spoke of a former Mount Lawley resident, Eric Danker, who was killed in the Great War and buried in Charles' home village of Hazebrouck in France.
This is a project between the Heirisson Club, the Mount Lawley Society and Mount Lawley Senior High School. The aim is to identify all the Anzac personnel who lived or came from the area in WWI. The Mount Lawley Society has already identified and written up on some soldiers in its newsletters.
All this information is kept in the society's records and is available to those community members who are interested. Likewise, the society would like to hear more about any Anzac personnel who lived in the area and this information will be part of the joint project.
Please phone 0421 545 583 or email email@example.com to share any information you may have.
City of Vincent 2015 Local History Photographic Awards
Dig into your family's old photo albums and be a part of the City of Vincent's history. Two categories you can enter:
- Photographs over 30 years old taken in the City of Vincent which reveal life in the past. Includes: landscapes, streetscapes, buildings, interiors, people at work, groups, sport and recreation, events.
- A photo study of two to six photographs. This may feature: changes over time, a building interior and exterior in the same period, a house history including occupants, then and now.
Entries close 6.30pm on Monday 29 June 2015.
For more information and to download the entry form, go to http://www.vincent.wa.gov.au/library/Local_History_Centre/Local_History_Awards
Inglewood on Beaufort Night Market
Mount Lawley Society Photographic Exhibition
It was lovely to meet so many wonderful members of our community at last night's final Inglewood on Beaufort markets. It was a pleasure to be a part of it and we sincerely thank the Inglewood Night Market group for inviting us.
Lots of people stopped by to find out what we are about and look at our photo exhibition of Inglewood, Mount Lawley and Menora houses and streetscapes.
There are a lot more photos on this website on the Photos page.
If you or any resident or home owner would like to join our group, just download a membership from the Membership page.
Submission from Society 204 Walcott Street (Lot 964) Mt Lawley
The Mount Lawley Society has submitted a response to the City of Stirling regarding the Mixed Use Development Application for 204 Walcott Street Mt Lawley (cnr Learoyd Street).
The Society is not against development, but feels strongly that the heritage properties and streetscapes within the Heritage Protection Areas of Mount Lawley be protected.
Please click on the link to download the full submission: Submission re Mixed Use Development 204 Walcott Street Mount Lawley
Seeking Information on World War One Diggers
A combined group including Mount Lawley Senior High School students, local Rotary clubs and the Mount Lawley Society will focus on WWI service personnel during the Anzac Centenary.
We are seeking information about Mt Lawley's 1914-1918 diggers, especially the fallen. In particular, we would like to talk with relatives of Staff Sgt Eric Danker, 2nd Field Ambulance, son of Frederick and Clara Danker.
If you have any information, please contact Beth McKechnie on 0421 545583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Stirling Presenting Report to Formally Withdraw from the Metropolitan Local Government Reform Process
An announcement from the Mayor of City of Stirling, Giovanni Italiano, posted today on the City of Stirling Local Government Reform Community Facebook page ... to read more click here
... and the Amalgamation of Councils story continues ...
"Council reform may leave us worse off than ever" The West Australian Tuesday 10 February 2015
Six years after the State Government pushed the button on council reform the process must be regarded as a failure ... to read more click here
"Push for vote after three mergers fail" The West Australian Monday 9 February 2015
Two Liberal MPs are calling for all ratepapers whose local councils are flagged for mergers to be given a say ... to read more click here
Building a Productive Relationship with City of Bayswater
On Monday (2 February), there was an informal luncheon gathering attended by some of the Mount Lawley Society committee members and a few key City of Bayswater Councillors and staff followed by a bus tour of the area to highlight the aims of the Society.
This was the first of many, meetings between the two groups to begin building a productive relationship so that the heritage in the suburbs of Mount Lawley, Inglewood and Menora is protected.
The Mount Lawley Society had built a solid and respected relationship with City of Stirling and it is hoped that, with the Council amalgamations due to take effect, a similar relationship develops between Bayswater and the Mount Lawley Society.
Those who attended were Mayor Sylvan Albert, Councillors Mike Sabatino, Martin Toldo, Chris Cornish, Director of Planning and Development Services Des Abel and CEO Francesca Lefante. Those representing the Mount Lawley Society were Pau Hurst, Barrie Baker, Ian Merker, Beth McKechnie, Sheila Robinson, Ian Hammond and Andy Ross.
Thank you to Ian and Jill Merker for hosting the event. It may have been very wet with thunderstorms outside, but it was very agreeable inside!
Good News on 204 Walcott Street
Good news on the property at 204 Walcott Street (on the corner of Walcott and Learoyd Sts). On 16th September the City of Stirling resolved that the original shopfront façade (and back to a depth of 1.4 metres) was to be retained and that no demolition of the rear property could occur until plans had been passed for the new development.
Download full Minutes City of Stirling 16 September page 278-279
City of Stirling's Planning Amendment to prevent 'Demolition by Neglect'
Article in the Guardian Express 11 November 2014 explains the new Demolition by Neglect Amendment being brought in by the City of Stirling. To read the whole article as well as the comments by Mount Lawley Society President, Bruce Wooldridge, click here.
Council Amalgamations - Latest News
On 22 October 2014, the State Government announced that it had accepted the Local Government Advisory Board’s recommendation that everything east of Alexander Drive will move to the City of Bayswater (”CoB”). This means that part of Menora, and all of Mount Lawley and Inglewood that currently are within the City of Stirling (Stirling’) will move to the CoB. This decision came as a massive shock, as it goes against the wishes of the community ... read more.
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2A, 4 & 6 Thirlmere Street, Mount Lawley (City of Bayswater)
Encouraging news on these three properties. Read more ....
156-161 Walcott Street, Mount Lawley (City of Vincent)
Some worrying news in a new development application for these properties, which are the last original shops in this section of Walcott Street. Read more ...
Local Planning Scheme No 3 Amendment No 32
To exclude further multiple dwellings within residential areas coded Residential R40 and below.
The Mount Lawley Society supported the Amendment with a submission stating, amongst other things, that there are many R40 lots within the Avenues of Mount Lawley and that there is currently no regulation limiting the development of these blocks to multiple dwellings. To read more please download the submission below.
At a meeting on 16 September 2014, the City of Stirling adopted the Amendment in a modified format. Unfortunately, it also decided that it would be "inappropriate to give significant weight to Amendment No 32 to refuse development applications for multiple dwellings until such time as the Amendment is gazetted", possibly another three or four months.
History and Photos Mount Lawley, Menora and Inglewood
The Mount Lawley Society is happy to work with other like-minded historical groups. In this regard, the Jewish Historical & Genealogical Society and the Mount Lawley Society are keen to find people who live, or once lived, in the Mount Lawley, Menora or Inglewood areas who might have stories, photos or information about the history or people who lived or worked in these suburbs. If you think you might have something of interest, please contact the Mount Lawley Society at email@example.com
Local Planning Scheme No 3 Amendment No 38
To place more stringent controls on ‘Ancillary Dwelling’ within the area the subject of Schedule 9 (Restrictive Covenants) of the Scheme.