Save Perth Hills
For the Community, by the Community.
Welcome to Save Perth Hills Inc, (SPH) -
Western Australia’s longest-running Community campaign.
SPH is based in the Shire of Mundaring. Our mission is to ensure our increasingly bushfire-prone Community, along with Perth Hills’ bio-diverse environment, is respected and safeguarded against dangerous and destructive development.
We will not accept putting profits ahead of bushfire safety.
SPH was established in 1991 in response to a sprawling and isolated suburban-style townsite plan for Stoneville.
The plan was wrong in 1991. In 2022, it’s potentially deadly. Our challenging climate no longer permits thousands of people crammed inside bushfire-trap zones.
Yet the landowner, the Anglican Diocese, and their developer, Satterley, persist with their plan they call ‘North Stoneville’.
Urbanisation of this land has been denounced for decades by the Community, Shire, Councillors, WA and Federal politicians, DFES, and our highest planning authority, WA Planning Commission.
Now, after more than 31 years, we ask you to join us, as the final showdown unfolds...
NEWS RELEASE – 07/11/22
DESPERATE SATTERLEY TO RE-LAUNCH DOOMED HILLS PLAN – AT HEIGHT OF BUSHFIRE SEASON
In what appears to be a desperate measure, Satterley is dragging its dangerous and destructive North Stoneville SP34 plan for the Perth Hills back for re-assessment, by the same local community which rejected it in record numbers almost four years ago.
During a brief hearing with the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on Friday November 4, in which two years of confidential mediation officially ended, Satterley revealed it was working on an ‘amended’ plan to be ready for public comment between January and March next year.
Community group Save Perth Hills believes this indicates Satterley is not confident its original plan would win in a Full Hearing at SAT, so it's going back with a ‘modified’ plan to the Community and to WA’s Planning Commission (WAPC), to try for a second time, to get it over the line. The proposed North Stoneville land sits on 555-hectares in the Mundaring Shire. It’s owned by the Anglican Perth Diocese, surrounded by a proven Extreme Bushfire Zone and within ember-attack reach of John Forrest National Park. The site is 150-hectares bigger than Kings Park and covers more ground than New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park combined. Led by Community group Save Perth Hills, urbanisation attempts of this land have been relentlessly rejected since 1991, with the ‘North Stoneville’ 31-year fight, WA’s longest-running local community battle. Public submissions on Satterley’s ‘amended’ plan, will be considered in June by WAPC. The WAPC rejected the original plan in 2020 because it contravened four State Planning Polices. These included natural hazards and disasters, bushfire safety, and the environment. More than 200 hectares of ‘high to excellent value’ native vegetation and forest, and endangered species’ habitats would be destroyed, along with 14 registered Aboriginal archaeological sites. DFES, the Shire of Mundaring Council, and politicians from every side and level of government, have also rejected the plan. When community submissions were last sought on North Stoneville, 1,050 were received strongly opposing the proposed sprawling and isolated suburban estate. “How many rejections does Satterley and the Anglican Diocese need to understand urbanisation of this bushfire prone site is totally unacceptable to the local community?” SPH Chair, Jeremy Hurst, said. “Satterley’s original plan was fraught with bushfire, environment and health problems. Make no mistake, if Satterley believes it can ‘tweak’ its plan to make it ‘approvable’, our Community will respond in even greater numbers than before. Australia’s increasing bushfire disasters, including in Perth’s Hills, prove that populating extreme bushfire regions is dangerous and deadly. There can be no compromise on any plan that places thousands of people, knowingly, in harm’s way,” Jeremy said. Satterley has a long and dismal Community track record in the Shire of Mundaring: •Almost 1,050 public submissions rejected Satterley’s North Stoneville plan. •A record 1,200 residents crammed a Special Council meeting to witness Mundaring Council unanimously reject the North Stoneville plan in August 2019 •WAPC endorsed the Community opposition by rejecting Satterley’s plan in July 2020. “Our community has spoken. Our changing climate has spoken. And increasing bushfire disasters have spoken to developers such as Satterley. Perth’s Hills cannot safely support suburban-style potential firetrap developments,” Jeremy said. Satterley’s indifference to the local bushfire prone community is revealed in its intended release of the amended plan – in the middle of the Community’s bushfire emergency season. “Asking our Community to tell Satterley what they think of their ‘Take #2-North Stoneville’ plan, at the height of our bushfire emergency season, is insulting and insensitive. It illustrates a total lack of community connection and understanding of the bushfire risks and realities we face,” Jeremy said. Save Perth Hills said Satterley’s ‘tweaking’ now meant the local community had to endure a 32nd bushfire season surrounded by continued uncertainty of this three-decades-long saga. “North Stoneville symbolically holds major planning implications for all of Australia’s bushfire prone communities,” Jeremy said. “We had hoped that Anglican Archbishop and Perth Diocesan Trustees’ member, Kay Goldsworthy, would choose to exercise her power and graciously call an end to North Stoneville. In doing so, the Archbishop would’ve aligned herself to the realities of bushfire prone communities everywhere, as well as with her own Church’s formal declaration of a Climate Change Emergency. Sadly, this didn’t occur and now WA taxpayers will need to fund more costly proceedings,” he said. “Australia’s Extreme Bushfire Prone regions require planning provisions that, unequivocally, place people’s safety ahead of private profits. Planning in our volatile bushfire regions must safeguard, and never endanger, people’s lives. Save Perth Hills will accept nothing less.”
$ATTERLEY’S PIPE-DREAM IS HIGH AND DRY
'Water Minister Dave Kelly has reminded residents in bushfire prone areas to consider their water supply in preparation for a challenging bushfire season.'
So begins the WA Govt’s bushfire advice (Dec 6), from Water Minister Kelly and Emergency Services Minister Dawson. They warn of ‘above normal bushfire risks’ with a dire reminder NOT to rely on scheme water to fight bushfires.
‘During bushfire, scheme water infrastructure...can be damaged and power failures can result in a total loss of water... High demand can lead to a drop in water pressure... That means ensuring your own independent water supply, ideally at least 20,000 litres..’
So where does this leave $atterley’s ‘North $toneville’ PIPE DREAM?
HIGH and DRY, that’s where! With ZERO water at ‘North $toneville’, $atterley’s solution is a massive pipeline extension.
But water SUPPLIES will be RESTRICTED to the 4000+ residents by 40,000 LITRES LESS than normal suburban homes!
As for ‘independently storing 20,000 litres’ – try doing that on a 350sqm block with a metre separation to your neighbour.
$atterley’s PIPE DREAM sits surrounded by a proven Extreme Bushfire Zone, within Ember Attack reach of John Forrest National Park and is severely WATER-RESTRICTED.
It has no place in Perth’s volatile Hills.
As for the Anglican Church landowner - all we can say is... how can you persist with this plan, knowing how DANGEROUS it will be to so many people?
That's why we ALL must 'SAY NO AGAIN’ when $atterley’s ‘tweaked’ plan is released for public comment in January.
THANK YOU for so many AMAZINGLY GENEROUS donations for our monumental 2023 campaign to Save Perth Hills!
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North Stoneville - The Problems
Land-owner - Anglican Diocese of Perth
Developer - Satterley Property Group
Plan - 1,500 houses, 4,000+ people, 2 schools
‘North Stoneville’, between Stoneville and Roland Roads, is 555 hectares (1,373 acres), 150 hectares bigger than Kings Park, and covers more ground than New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park, combined.
The Anglican Perth Diocese owns it, after Queen Victoria ‘gifted’ the land to the Church in the 1800s. Satterley, and the Anglican Diocese, are joint venture partners in ‘North Stoneville’.
The site features ‘high to excellent value’ (Dept of Environment WA), Hills forest, native vegetation and endangered wildlife habitat, as well as grazed land.
‘North Stoneville’ contains 13 registered Aboriginal archaeological sites that would be destroyed by Satterley and the Perth Diocese.
The site is severely constrained for development with limited bushfire evacuation options, restricted water supplies, no infrastructure or services and within ember attack reach of John Forrest National Park.
It sits in a proven Extreme Bushfire Zone of Mundaring Shire, rated in 2018 as ‘Australia’s 5th highest bushfire risk Shire’.
Wooroloo Bushfires- February 2021
DFES INCIDENT PHOTOGRAPHER SEAN BLOCKSIDGE.
Devastating bushfires have burned on and around ‘North Stoneville’ including in 2003, 2008, and 2014 destroying more than 60 homes and changing hundreds of lives, forever. The 2021 Wooroloo Bushfires, Perth Hills’ worst bushfire emergency which destroyed 87 homes, burnt within 5-kilometres of ‘North Stoneville.’
More than 200 hectares would be bulldozed despite being a recognised international biodiversity hotspot and prime habitat for endangered species including black cockatoos and chuditch.
‘North Stoneville’ would generate 11,200 extra traffic movements every day (80,000 a week), on Stoneville Road.
‘North Stoneville’ – The Community Responds
The ‘SP34’ Structure Plan blindsided the Community when Satterley unfurled it on December 18, 2018 giving the Community just 3 weeks, over Christmas, New Year and school holidays to respond.
SPH activated the Community with a major information campaign. Three weeks later, on the January 10, 2019 deadline, an unprecedented 957 public submissions were received by Mundaring Shire -almost 100% against ‘North Stoneville’.
In August 2019, a Special Council Meeting was held at Mundaring Arena - WA’s largest-ever Council meeting attended by 1,200 residents.
Council unanimously REJECTED SP34, primarily, because of the scale of environmental destruction, and insurmountable bushfire and evacuation dangers.
January 2, 2019 Bentley Park Rally
August 2019 Special Council Meeting
Less than 12 months later, in July 2020, WA’s Planning Commission (WAPC) upheld Council’s rejection – finding ‘North Stoneville’ contravened four State Planning policies. (refer timeline below)
July 2020 - WAPC Rejects Plan
The Hills and Our Health
While Satterley and the Anglican Diocese drag their doomed environmentally destructive ‘North Stoneville’ plan through exhaustive and expensive taxpayer-funded appeals, the undisputable evidence grows around the benefits of our natural environment on human health.
In July 2022 the Australian Government released a study providing ‘evidence on the influence of the natural environment on human physical and mental health in Australia'.
This evidence supports SPH's position for a safer social and economic direction for Perth’s Hills, that respects the environment for all the good it can offer, while managing inevitable and increasing challenges that climate change brings.
Rather than see the Hills as the last bastion for urban sprawl, we must respect and protect this sensitive environmental region, which is a water catchment, the 'lungs' of our city, a key emissions buffer - and a prime tourist destination.
Our city's backyard is a rich bio-diverse environment of natural beauty, and a welcoming – and necessary, refuge from the stresses of high-density suburbia. ‘North Stoneville’ symbolises outdated – and dangerous planning.
Please sign up, donate and help us to -
Save Perth Hills.
Once It's Gone -
It's Gone Forever!
Timeline - Dec 2018 - Oct 2022
Dec 18 2018 - Satterley gives the Community just 3 weeks to comment on its 'North Stoneville' plan
Jan 10 2019 - 957 submissions received by Shire - almost all strongly objecting to the plan
Aug 2019 - more than 1,200 people witness Mundaring Council unanimously reject SP34 - describing it as 'dangerous and destructive'
June/July 2020 - Shire of Mundaring and Save Perth Hills each lodge Metropolitan Scheme (MRS) Amendment applications to RE-ZONE Lot 48 Stoneville Rd (‘North Stoneville’) back to rural. Case continues...
July 14 2020 - the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) rejects SP34 - ruling it contravenes 4 State Planning Policies:
- SPP 3.7 Panning in Bushfire Prone Areas (lack of emergency escape, insurmountable bushfire risks, surrounded by and Extreme Bushfire Zone, within ember reach of John Forrest National Park.
- SPP 3.4 Natural Hazards & Disasters (some homes - 350 square metres with one metre separation pose an unacceptable bushfire risk, and surrounding rural roads, (including Stoneville and Roland Roads) unable to cope with 11,000+ extra traffic movement, every day.
- SPP 2.8 Bushland Policy for Perth Metropolitan Region (destruction of wildlife and endangered species' habitats in a nationally recognised bio-diverse region)
- SPP 2.0 Environment and Natural Resources (200+ hectares of 'high to excellent value' forest, natural habitat and bushland would be destroyed)
August 2020 - Satterley appeals to State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
November 2020 - 2020 Summer of Fires Royal Commission recommends to: 'Avoid development in extreme bushfire zones’.
August 2021 - Save Perth Hills applies under Freedom of Information for Satterley's Submission against rezoning ‘North Stoneville’ to Rural. Satterley's Bushfire Management Plan is heavily redacted. (hidden)
Nov 4 2022 - Satterley announces it is ragging its dangerous and destructive North Stoneville plan back for re-assessment, by the same local community which rejected it in record numbers almost four years ago.
During a State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) hearing on November 4 2022, Satterley revealed it was working on an ‘amended’ plan to be ready for public comment between January and March 2023.
We believe this indicates Satterley is not confident its original plan would win in a Full Hearing at SAT, so it's going back with a ‘modified’ plan to the Community and WA’s Planning Commission to try for a second time, to get it over the line.
Previously, 1,050 public submissions were received, strongly opposing the proposed isolated and firetrap suburban estate.
Our Community is ready to respond in even greater numbers when this new round of submissions opens in 2023.
What can I do?
2. Become a member - email us for a membership form.
3. Donate - in the donation tins at Begonia Pets, Artisan Bakery and Stoneville Fresh
or via a bank deposit BSB: 633 000 Account No: 160 715 942
4. Buy a t-shirt at the Mundaring Rotary Markets - Sunday November 13th,
Twilight Markets, Saturday December10th or February 11th.
5. Sign our online petition here
‘We need your support to help us build our SPH legal fighting fund to banish ‘North Stoneville’ forever. Please, sign up as a member, and donate, if you can. (details below). This campaign is on behalf of all bushfire prone Communities around Australia, and for all Local Governments under pressure to provide housing. We must not build in dangerous bushfire zones, where risks are extreme, insurance unachievable – or unavailable, and where thousands of lives would be placed, knowingly, in the line of fire. We welcome you as a member and we appreciate your support to...
‘Save Perth Hills’