Rail land key to density

Fremantle railway line and reserve land could deliver 14,000 new homes to the western suburbs and resolve Subiaco’s density fight, a councillor says. Subiaco councillor and engineer Hugh Richardson says his modelling shows the state government could use public land to encourage unit development over the railway line and on both sides of the railway reserves. “Trying to acquire private land for housing density increases would be uneconomical,” Mr Richardson said. “Why would you use private land rather than public land?” He said the state government appeared unwilling to pursue medium-density housing on government land over and adjacent to urban railway lines to fulfil its Subiaco housing targets, despite successful examples in cities such as Toronto and Sydney and closer to home, above Subiaco station.

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Children accost Rosie O’Neill at birthday parties and accuse her of killing turtles. The balloon-twister and face painter fears she will have to sack her 15 workers because of the paranoia spread by balloon bans. Rosie, of Wembley, created a 12-balloon ballerina angel for the POST this week, but was too frightened to be photographed with it in Cottesloe, where councillors are considering extending their ban on releasing gas-fi lled balloons and banning more plastics and single-use devices.

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