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Dee Sheehan from Sabre Real Estate and Cedar Woods WA state manger Ben Rosser in the new suburb of Bushmead.

Bushmead has a rich history

THE City of Swan’s newest suburb, Bushmead at about 318ha is one fifth of the mean size of suburbs in the metropolitan area.

Lands Minister Terry Redman said the mean size of a suburb within the metropolitan area was about 1507ha.

Mr Redman said the Western Australian Land Authority and Western Australian Planning Commission owned part of the land.

“The City of Swan proposed the name Bushmead for the new suburb,’’ he said.

Blocks in the new suburb, range from 375sqm to 510sqm and start from $278,000.

Developer Cedar Woods said Bushmead was named after the army rifle range, which from 1915 was used for small arms practice including training Australian troops headed overseas as part of WWII and the Vietnam War.

Cedar Woods WA state manager Ben Rosser said Bushmead was only the second new suburb in Perth in the past five years.

“This has come about due to the rapid growth in the area and is testament to Bushmead being recognized as a future home to a vibrant new community.”

The suburb – previously part of Hazelmere is bounded by Midland Rd, Sadler Dr and Ridge Hill Rd – is surrounded by 185ha of natural bushland.

During the next 10 years about 2000 residents are expected to shift into the new suburb, which will be five minutes from the planned Forrestfield Station.

“It is home to the last remaining East Swan Coastal Plain forest complex.

“During the 10-year development window, about two-thirds of the most sensitive bushland will be rehabilitated by Cedar Woods before being donated back to the community for the enjoyment of future generations.

“Local residents are strongly connected to this site and conserving the unique beauty and history of this area remains of our foremost priority.

“We are thrilled this suburb renaming has the overwhelming support of the local community and the City of Swan.’’

In January the City of Swan approved a modification to the Bushmead local structure plan SP17-39, which altered the base density coding from R15 to R20 and modified the density range from R20-R60 to R25-R60.

An officers report presented to the council on January 18 said the modification had been requested in response to newly approved Western Australian Planning Commission planning bulletin which outlines R-Code variations for medium density development between R25 and R60, which the council had adopted as POL-LP-11.

“The variations facilitate greater flexibility in dwelling design and can only be used to vary development on lots coded R25-R60,’’ the report said.

“The proposed modification was advertised to all residents within 200m of the subject land outlining the nature of the proposed modifications and resulting impact of increased lot numbers from the approval of about 670 lots to a proposed 725 lots – an increase of 55 lots.

“At the close of the advertising period 26 submissions had been received of which 20 objected to the proposal and six were letters of no objection.

“The primary concerns raised related to potential increase in traffic on the surrounding road network and the lot sizes being inconsistent with the surrounding amenity.

“The applicant has provided a traffic assessment which concludes the surrounding road network has capacity to cater for additional traffic.

“Modifications to this network will be undertaken as subdivision progresses.

“The increased density and resultant lot increases are considered to be of minimal impact.

“The location of the development cells are sited [so] they’re screened from the surrounding road network and the visual impact will be reduced by the existing vegetation surrounding the development areas to be retained as parks and recreation reserve.’’

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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