Long term property commentator Samantha Reece has launched this week the WA Apartment Advocacy (WAAA) to generate open discussion about the role of apartments within the state.
Motivated by the sway of NIMBYism (Not in my back yard) that tended to dominate Council decisions, Samantha has taken the bold move to enlist the support of apartment livers (people who own and live in apartments) to ensure that there is a more balanced discussion.
“When I witnessed Councils changing Town Planning Schemes and rejecting apartment projects based on what I call, 0.0006% of the population, I decided that something had to change,” Ms Reece said.
“I know for a fact that there are people who love their apartment and would like more choice but they are being hamstrung by people who would prefer to maintain the status quo.
“There have been mandates from State Government for Councils to nominate areas where apartments are a good fit and that is ideally around train stations, retail and on major roads.
“If people speak up about the fact that they want to see more choice then maybe the Councils and Government will have the confidence to make bold decisions, which reflect the needs of their entire community.”
The WAAA is encouraging people to register on their website www.waaa.net.au so that their ideas can be shared with decision makers.
“I have had young people state that they would like to see smaller apartments introduced into Perth, because all they really need is a place to sleep.” Ms Reece said.
“On the other hand I have had families ask why we don’t offer four bedroom and two bathroom apartments like we see in Singapore.
“This is the kind of information that needs to be brought to light so that planning decisions provide real choice.”
Sean Morrison is one of those young people who recently purchased an apartment by NIB Stadium.
“I have exchanged a one hour drive into the City each day for a 20 minute leisurely stroll to work,” Mr Morrison said.
“I literally fill my car just twice a month and that for me is both sustainable and cost effective.
“Because of the reduced travel time I believe I am more productive at work and I also have more free time to enjoy. It is this quality of life that I really appreciate.”