The North Stoneville development has caused concern over economic, environmental and social factors in the Mundaring Shire community.
Throughout the Mundaring Shire, there are protest signs calling for the public to stand up against the developments and ‘say no to North Stoneville’.
On the other side of the fence, many of the public are in full support of the work being done.
This social division is concerning. Tension and conflict within the community has risen due to the issue of the values of North Stoneville in its contrast with those pre-established by the Mundaring Shire.
A third of the Mundaring Shire’s land is currently occupied by national parkland and serves as a favoured tourism destination.
It includes six of the state’s top walking trails; a number of outdoor experiences available; local markets; and numerous cafes, restaurants, and hotels, making it an exciting and entertaining family destination.
The smallest possible block of land in the Shire of Mundaring (such as where the North Stoneville development is planned to go) is only around half an acre.
The reasons for North Stoneville are simply to provide housing opportunities to those looking to move into the area, and to abolish the need for subdivision on current properties.
Despite occasional issues such as the pending drop in Red-tailed Black Cockatoos’ population density, the biodiversity within the Shire of Mundaring is thriving due to the Shire’s value placed in conservation of wildlife.
If the new development were to grows, there are concerns over the loss of biodiversity as well as the risk of noise pollution and the invasion of particular species that come with new residents.
Although this development offers more housing opportunities for those looking to live in the area, it would be difficult to maintain the standards of the prioritisation of natural bush land over housing density.
Economically, and socially, the impacts are mainly positive and are sustainable long term. However, the development clashes with some of the Mundaring Shire’s core values and would turn the previously rural landscape into an urban one.
The local residents have called to put an end to this to protect both the environment and to sustain the culture of North Stoneville and the place they love and call home.
Elizabeth H. (Student)