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To: All residents of WA

Save the South Perth Foreshore

Save the South Perth Foreshore

Petition to the City of South Perth

As SIR JAMES MITCHELL PARK is a regional park and the City of South Perth’s public consultation and survey has been open to all Western Australians, this petition is open to all.

TO: Mayor Sue Doherty

We, the undersigned, wish to ensure that the green public open spaces comprising South Perth Foreshore incorporating Sir James Mitchell Park are preserved for future generations and are not degraded through high density development and commercialisation. The South Perth Foreshore, comprises government land from the Narrows Bridge along the Esplanade Foreshore; and also includes ‘Sir James Mitchell Park’ ie Mends St. to Ellam St, including the lake areas.

We petition the City of South Perth to amend the Public Open Space Policy as this relates to the South Perth Foreshore before the current community consultation findings are adopted, and include the following:
1. No land within the Park is to be sold;
2. There is to be no high rise, high density development of any nature within the Park;
3. All development (if any) is to be restricted to low impact, low density single storey activities - as verbally promoted by the Council (e.g café, kiosks and similar);
4. Leases granted (if any) within the Park are to be restricted to an aggregate maximum term (including options) of 21 years – similar to those applied in Kings Park.
5. Any development on the land originally resumed within Sir James Mitchell Park for ‘Foreshore Recreation’ to be designated exclusively for that purpose only.

Contact for petition: Moderator Jennifer Nevard 195 Mill Point Rd SOUTH Perth WA 6151

Why is this important?

The South Perth Foreshore occupies the tract of land from the south side of the Narrows Bridge along the Swan River to the border with the City of Victoria Park. Sir James Mitchell Park is a key area of this Foreshore where thousands of daily commuters and park users enjoy gorgeous vistas to the Perth CBD and a lush spacious setting of trees and grasses.
Sir James had a vision to create a green belt around the river using Kings Park as the starting point. Most of the land on the south side of the river was purchased by the State from small landholders between 1930 and 1940. Much of that original green belt is now being eroded by public development. As Perth's population density increases, the need for the green belt as both the city's 'lungs' and as an area for relaxation and passive recreation for the wider community becomes doubly important.

How it will be delivered

The petition will remain open to subscribers as a means of contacting people who value the open space of the South Perth Foreshore. Regular updates will be provided by the moderator.

Reasons for signing

  • I like perth
  • Green areas are the greatest asset to the public as they provide some much needed psychological breathing space against the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • It shouldn't be built on, it should be open to everybody.


2020-01-11 17:16:02 +1100

Still time to have your views taken into account on the City of South Perth's Draft Local Planning Strategy. It has not yet gone through Council

2019-08-16 13:59:28 +1000

South Perth members of this group
Mill Point Ward's Councillor Ken Manolas is presently circulating a newsletter update of achievements based on his pledge to the Ward to work towards:
• Lowering Council Rates
• Strengthening open, accountable and transparent Local Government
• Improving traffic management
• Supporting a scheme where contributions would be paid by developers towards Local Government infrastructure, and
• Preserving the natural beauty of the foreshore, parks and river. Should you wish to discuss any Community matters with him please contact him on Mob 0406 456 149 or

2018-11-06 18:21:58 +1100

Dear friends

Please protest installation of an Optus 4G antenna on Sir James Mitchell Parklands Lodge by 16th Nov 2018

This is in contravention of the Telecommunication Act guidelines which do not allow installations in environmental reserves or heritage listed locations. Sir James Mitchell Park is a Heritage listed B Class Reserve. City of South Perth Council confirms the proposed site is on the parkland.

The antenna site is P077 I Coode Street opposite Boat Ramp Car Park. If an area is excised from the parkland to allow for the antenna this can provide an opportunity for that area to be reclassified for land use other than parkland.

Please express your concerns by writing or phoning:
• Kordia Solutions Pty Ltd
• Steve Iron, Federal Member for Swan
• Mayor of the City of South Perth – Sue Doherty:

Many thanks

2017-06-02 15:33:43 +1000

Here is an overview of building arrangements as a first impression of the proposed Westralian Centre in the location of the current flag pole on Sir James Mitchell Park.
You might ask well, what are the buildings for? That has been variously described as military memorabilia, cultural experiences, tourist site for S.E. Asian tourists so currently it is a bit of a moving feast.

2017-06-02 14:51:34 +1000

Well, here we go again folks!! New petition on the way next week. But here is the latest challenge for retaining Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth Foreshore open space for public use and posterity

SOUTH PERTH FORESHORE THREAT ! Permanent impact on Sir James Mitchell Park

The City of South Perth wants to raise $7 million to develop an unneeded facility in the middle of one of Australia’s most pristine and appealing urban parklands!

Plans are well advanced that will rob the park of more than 2,000 square metres of open space.
This can be stopped, but only by resident and South Perth Foreshore supporters' action.

Please help halt this encroachment into our much- loved park by attending a special meeting of electors.
Authorised by: Cecilia Brooke, 8/20 Garden Street, South Perth, WA 6151

2017-05-23 15:56:14 +1000

500 signatures reached

2014-04-07 14:25:24 +1000

Iconic view of Perth CBD from Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth

2014-04-07 14:12:05 +1000

During February 2014 some South Perth residents have been contacting Landgate about the details being held on the newly created digital land titles which are the first information point used to find out about the status of all blocks of land in WA. To date, Landgate has not agreed to include all the details from the historic titles on the new ly created titles although the details remain current and enforceable. The risk to Sir James Mitchell Park is that these details that safeguard the recreation status of the Park for the people of WA could become buried 'in the archives'. The City of South Perth Council has overall responsibility for the Park but the Council is not prepared to insist to Landgate that these details be included on the digital titles.

2014-04-07 13:59:24 +1000

For those of you interested in the status and configuration of the blocks that comprise Sir James Mitchell Park go to the Landgate website and use Map Viewer to look at these. The site is VERY slow during the day but may be better at night when there would be less access traffic. Also you will need to download the latest version of Java script to view the site. Map Viewer will ask you if you need Java, and yes, you will.

2014-04-07 13:58:37 +1000

People who have been concerned for the status and future of Sir James Mitchell Park have some good news to share. Thirty-four people wrote to Telstra objecting to a mobile phone tower being located in Sir James Mitchell Park. They received two messages from Swan River Trust last week.

First message was that the Trust recommendation (finalised) to Minister was to reject the application. The Manolas family submitted a copy of our petition with its 7000+ signatures lodged with South Perth Council in October, and this was reported in the Swan River Trust findings as well.

A second message was that the Minister had also rejected the Telstra mobile phone tower proposal. We'll need to keep our eyes and ears open on where Telstra will next propose the tower. Most people acknowledge there is a need for a tower to address the mobile communications traffic, but not in the Park.

2013-11-27 16:18:01 +1100

Update on TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 7PM CITY OF SOUTH PERTH COUNCIL CHAMBERS: there was a really good turn out of residents last night and, acontrary to our gloomiest predictions, the Council last night AGREED to implement our petition requests and separate submission deputations. WE WILL NEED TO MONITOR TO ENSURE THESE INTENTIONS ARE CARRIED THROUGH SO THE PETITION WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR THE PRESENT. THANK YOU TO THE 7136 WHO HAVE VOICED THEIR SUPPORT.

2013-11-25 10:37:59 +1100

TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 7PM CITY OF SOUTH PERTH COUNCIL CHAMBERS corner of Sandgate Rd and South Tce South Perth: be there if you can. We must show the Councillors and Mayor that we are seriously concerned for the future of the Foreshore greenbelt which can easily be eroded by heavy impact commercial development.

2013-11-25 10:33:56 +1100

TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 7PCITY OF SOUTH PERTH COUNCIL CHAMBERS corner of Sandgate Rd and South Tce South Perth: be there if you can. We must show the Councillors and Mayor that we are seriously concerned for the future of the Foreshore greenbelt which can easily be eroded by heavy impact commercial development.

2013-11-22 16:48:30 +1100

Why the South Perth Foreshore is so special
Mrs Crossland (85) Sir James Mitchell's granddaughter who is writing a history of Sir James Mitchell explains that he had the foresight when he first became Premier 1919-1924 to urge Parliament to resume the land encircling the Swan River from Crawley round to South Perth in order to establish a green belt for public recreation and to retain the natural beauty for the state capital. The South Perth Foreshore was conceived by Sir James Mitchell to be a natural parkland complementing Kings Park which had been established much earlier by Lord John Forrest. The South Perth Foreshore has so far escaped the eroding of the green belt, compared with across the Swan, in proximity to the C.B.D.

2013-11-22 16:37:47 +1100

We have presented our paper petition with more than 7100 'objectors' to the City of South Perth on Tuesday 19th November and five residents presented deputations to the Council that evening explaining the risk in leaving their policy statements and strategic documents in their present form. Most moving was the presentation from Mrs Judith Crossland, a granddaughter of Sir James Mitchell who explained the effort Parliament demonstrated, at the recommendation of Sir James Mitchell, to retain and also buy back foreshore lands to form a green belt around the Swan.

2013-11-17 15:31:30 +1100

Today signatures have topped 6500 for the paper Petition and of course we have 430 on-line supporters. What an amazing effort in four weeks. Please join us in presenting the Petition on Tuesday 19th November 5.30 pm, Council Chambers corner South Tce and Sandgate Rd South Perth.

2013-11-15 03:03:17 +1100

Important date: Tues 19th Nov 5.30 pm when we present the petition to the City of South Perth, Council Chambers cnr Sandgate Rd and South Tce, South Perth. A few volunteer photographers outside the Council Chambers would be very good for recording the event. Please try to be present. This will increase the impact of community concern.

2013-11-15 02:42:23 +1100

Well, our petition on paper campaign has now reached 5500+. This is a stupendous result. All credit must go to a small band of seasoned campaigners who have worked so hard in bringing the matter to the attention of Foreshore users.

2013-11-13 19:51:44 +1100

The City of South Perth Survey report. See below.

2013-11-13 16:56:27 +1100

We have 4500+ signatures in hand and a further 400+ yet to come in for the paper version of the petition. In addition, we have you wonderful on-line supporters. Many thanks to everyone. Counting takes place Monday & petition is lodged with City of South Perth Tuesday 5.30 pm. Survey results report is available City of South Perth website. For those of you who are interested in data 'massage' it makes interesting reading.

2013-11-12 19:56:39 +1100

Exciting news. The granddaughter of Sir James Mitchell who was instrumental in establishing the South Perth Foreshore as public open space has pledged her support for our campaign.

2013-11-12 19:54:20 +1100

We now have 4200 signatures on paper plus the on-line campaign. More signatures will be rolling in so I think we will meet our 5000 target. This is really wonderful for a campaign that began on Sunday 20th October. All credit goes to a small band of very hard working collectors who 'patrolled' the South Perth Foreshore seeking like-minded people and attended a range of events within the Park.The petition will be presented to the City of South Perth Council on Tuesday evening 19th November at 5.30 pm. A further copy will be sent to the Minister for Planning, John Day. A media release will be available late this week. Thank you for the wonderful support to date.

2013-11-06 18:44:41 +1100

On-paper and on-line petitions have only 9 days to go before we collate our material to go the Mayor of the City of South Perth.

2013-11-05 21:33:35 +1100

Community News article and comments

2013-11-05 21:31:29 +1100

Two important dates for your diaries. Our petition will be presented to the City of South Perth on Tuesday 19th November at the South Perth Council Agenda Briefing meeting at 5.30pm. This meeting takes places one week before the Council meeting which will be held on Tuesday 26th November at 7pm. City residents are able to have questions they lodge beforehand answered at the Council meeting on the 26th. If the questions are lodged a few days ahead then the questions will be answered on the night. We encourage people to attend both meetings to demonstrate their concern.

2013-11-01 11:33:23 +1100

If you have a moment, read the comments others have left here. They are quite joyous. Thanks all.

2013-10-30 17:21:38 +1100

100 signatures reached

2013-10-29 11:48:36 +1100

50 signatures reached

2013-10-29 10:46:42 +1100

Hello all
Trying to think up an activity for a pop-up crowd on the foreshore promoting the message 'Save the South Perth Foreshore' . The more photogenic the better & something exciting enough to pull in the media. Suggestions gratefully received. Jennifer

2013-10-28 17:38:22 +1100

25 signatures reached

2013-10-28 16:31:19 +1100

City of South Perth will discuss the Telstra application for installing a mobile phone tower on Lot 215 of Sir James Mitchell Park at their December meeting 7 p.m. 10th December 2013. (You may well ask why Lot 216 has been included on the explanatory map of the tower's proposed location.)
Here is a very comprehensive kit developed by a N.S.W. parliamentarian on how to go about objecting to a phone tower.

2013-10-28 15:34:29 +1100

Here's a great photo of the South Perth Foreshore courtesy of Peter Best's blog. A reminder to us all why we want to keep it heavy commercial development free.

2013-10-28 12:40:12 +1100

Over the weekend 26, 27/10, we boosted our paper petition signing by 1000! So fantastic work everyone. Our oldest supporter aged 90+ had amassed 160 signatures from among her friends and networks. Who wouldn't want to be so well connected at 90!

Also here are some blog spots covering the issues associated with our petition:
Blogger Peter Best

2013-10-27 19:35:02 +1100

10 signatures reached

2013-10-25 20:40:39 +1100

Hello all
We have about 1000 signatures on paper. Your electronic signature will be a big help.