The City of Kalamunda this week joined local member, Matthew Hughes MLA, and hundreds of community members at the Northern Terminus of the Bibbulmun Track to advocate for the preservation of a number of Western Australian Planning Commission blocks proposed for sale.
Mayor John Giardina said, “It was fantastic to see our community banding together in support of the site’s preservation. I look forward to working with the State government and our community to ensure this valuable and historical site is retained.”
The Schmitt Road blocks fall within the current alignment of the Railway Heritage Trail and are zoned urban, due to a historical vesting as a former proposed road reserve. The City is advocating for the blocks to be rezoned to parks and recreation to accurately reflect their current use, as opposed to being sold off.
The City of Kalamunda’s advocacy for the site’s preservation dates back over ten years, when in 2005 and 2006 the City wrote to the Department of Planning, asking they consider reserving the land for recreation purposes, given its use as a part of the heritage walk trail.
The City is continuing its long-standing position on the matter, urging the State Government to reconsider their intention to sell the lots. The City understands the State Government has since put the sale on hold and welcomes any proposal that will see the blocks preserved and rezoned for parks and recreation purposes.