Comet Bay Councilor Mark Jones has been very proactive in listening to the wishes of the local community and is attempting to assist residents of the Vista Private estate who are having issues with being identified as living in Karnup, this ranges from increased insurance premiums, postage issues and other matters.
There are many residents of the Vista estate who would like to become a part of Singleton.
Cr Jones has put forward a notice of motion to the Council at the June Council meeting –
“That Council SUPPORTS three options (maps attached) being explored in relation to the Singleton/Karnup locality boundary changes as follows:
(a) Option One – (Merge) the land known as “Vista Private Estate”, including the area bounded by Mandurah Road, Paganoni Road, Mandurah Railway line and the City
of Rockingham district boundary being included in the suburb of “Singleton”, or
(b) Option Two – (Status Quo) the land known as “Vista Private Estate”, including the area bounded by Mandurah Road, Paganoni Road, Railway line and the City of
Rockingham district boundary as shown on the attached map remaining as “Karnup”; or
(c) Option Three – (Rename) the land known as “Vista Private Estate”, including the area east of Mandurah Road, south of Paganoni Road, west of the Kwinana Freeway and to the southern boundary of the City of Rockingham, being included in the new locality of “Paganoni.”
Subject to public consultation with the following:
(a) A preferential vote being carried out to all affected owners and residents within the “Vista Private Estate” and east of Mandurah Road via letter with self-replied envelopes;
(b) Rockingham District Historical Society Inc; and
(c) Singleton Residents Association.”
The city officers are not supportive of this notice of motion for the following reasons –
The Minister has indicated that the relocation of the Singleton boundary will require significant community support. Given that there has been only two requests from the 440 dwellings within the
‘Vista Private Estate’ indicates that any locality name change is not a priority within the local community.
The GNC has advised that it does not support the relocation of the Singleton boundary as it is considered to be non-compliant with its Policies. In this regard, Mandurah Road provides a physical
distinction between the localities of Singleton and Karnup which is consistent with a national approach and the current Policies and Standard for Geographical Naming in Western Australia.
Further, the portion of land in question (‘Vista Private Estate’) does not meet the necessary lot and size requirements, to create a new locality (i.e. ‘Paganoni’). There are approximately 500 lots within the ‘Vista Private Estate’, with 440 of those occupied, and the total area is 90ha. As a minimum requirement, the GNC recommend that localities comprise at least 1,000 lots and be a minimum size of 100ha.
There will also be a substantial impact to affected residents and landowners, including cost implications and the possibility of disruptions to services causing a nuisance, should a locality name
change occur. As per the GNC change of address checklist, there are potentially a minimum of 14 Government and 18 Non-Government organisations which will require to be informed by the
residents of a change to their address.
In light of the above, the likelihood of a locality change under any option is considered to be minimal and there appears to be little value in the City expending the considerable resources necessary to consult with the affected landowners. Higher insurance premiums and issues getting deliveries referred to in the reasons given for the Notice of Motion are not relevant GNC considerations in the determination of a locality boundary change.
Your help is needed.
The Council will be making a decision at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 26th June and if this is something that is important to you then the time to take action is NOW.
The Baldivis Councilors are also in support of this being looked at.
The City believes that there is not the support from the community for this to happen and as such we need you to take a few minutes please to have your say.
If you are a resident of the Vista Estate then please do one of the two following things-
- Make a proper comment in the comments section of this online article with your reasons and indicating your thoughts on the matter, as much detail as possible.
- or you can write to the decision makers, in this case the City Councilors, with your name and address and indicating your support for any of these options to happen. The email addresses for the Councilors are here –
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The power is in your hands.
To see the full report on this agenda item head to page 110 – http://rockingham.wa.gov.au/getmedia/9497dfbd-8498-49b0-aacd-a3564238983f/Website-2018-06-(June)-Agenda-and-bulletins-PES.pdf.aspx