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Parkerville Children and Youth Care is looking for community members who would like to be part of its inaugural Community Panel. We’ll get to know each other a whole lot better and help shape PCYC’s future in this wonderful Parkerville community.

Along with former residents and other institutional stakeholders with which PCYC engages, the Community Panel will provide valuable input into PCYC’s future plans and operations impacting the local community, including the immediate development of a parcel of land opposite the Parkerville Beacon Road Campus.

Panel members will share understandings and insights, provide feedback and help organise volunteer groups to participate in environmental and other initiatives.It is hoped that some members of the Panel will be able to hold their first meeting in 2020 and help set the agenda for further meetings in January and February.

Nomination is open to anyone keen to be involved.  The Panel will be large enough to be representative of our community and small enough to be practical and effective. All appointments will be at PCYC’s discretion.

Members will not be remunerated but we hope the reward of joining us in being active members of our fabulous community will be significant!

If you’d like to nominate, please fill out this nomination form and email it to community@parkerville.org.au by 11th December 2020.

An inaugural Panel will be established by mid-December though nominations for additions to the Panel will be also be accepted after this date.  It is not anticipated that every Panel member will be available to attend every meeting.

For more information, please email community@parkerville.org.au or complete the following web form to nominate.



NOMINATION FORM

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ABOUT PARKERVILLE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CARE
WHO IS PARKERVILLE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CARE?

Parkerville Children and Youth Centre (PCYC) was established in 1903 by two Sisters from the Community of the Sisters of the Church as an orphanage. Sister Kate and Sister Sarah had travelled to Fremantle by sea, accompanied by an entourage of child migrants from the Orphanage of Mercy, Kilburn, London.

Initially looking to establish a school, the Sisters became increasingly concerned about accommodation for the growing number of children (known as “waifs”) in their care and, instead, looked to build an orphanage away from the city where the children could grow and develop.

The Sisters found an 18-acre block of land in Parkerville and with the support of leading members of the community, established the orphanage – Waif’s Home, renamed Parkerville Children’s Home in 1909. Education of the children followed through from nursery to kindergarten and on to school. The Home also trained girls for service in the houses of wealthy Perth residents and ran a farm on which the older boys acquired skills which would gain them future employment.

Over the decades, PCYC evolved to meet the changing needs of vulnerable children and today delivers therapeutic, family support, early intervention and prevention, youth and foster care services to some 10,000 children, young people and their families in metropolitan and regional WA

While services are now delivered throughout the Perth metropolitan area and into the Murchison and Wheatbelt, PCYC retains a campus on Beacon Road in Parkerville, where the original Children’s Home was established 117 years ago. The campus is run as a child residential care service with the highly successful  PCYC Education and Employment service for vulnerable young people also offered on campus.

WHAT DOES PCYC DO?

PCYC provides advocacy, services and supports to reduce the impacts of child abuse and other adverse childhood experiences.

Its purpose is to prevent harm and promote safety and wellbeing.  PCYC’s vision is to create a community where every child can thrive.

In the 2019/20 year, PCYC supported more than 5,000 children, young people and families, delivered more than 2,300 early intervention and prevention services and more than 2,600 secondary and tertiary services.

PCYC provides advocacy, services and supports to reduce the impacts of child abuse and other adverse childhood experiences.
Its purpose is to prevent harm and promote safety and wellbeing.  PCYC’s vision is to create a community where every child can thrive.

In the 2019/20 year, PCYC supported more than 5,000 children, young people and families, delivered more than 2,300 early intervention and prevention services and more than 2,600 secondary and tertiary services.
BACKGROUND
WHAT IS SP79?

In 1903, an 18-acre block of farmland was purchased in the Hills suburb of Parkerville, on which the Parkerville Children’s Home was established with the construction of an orphanage to house up to 40 children. Some of the land was used as an orchard and a small holding was run as a farm on which young boys learned agricultural skills.

PCYC once held significant tracts of land in the area. Over the years, PCYC has sold parcels of land for residential development and many existing community members now live on land once owned by PCYC.

SP79 is a remaining undeveloped 16.55ha site within the Parkerville landholding. Located opposite PCYC’s Beacon Road campus, the parcel of land is bound by Brindale, Kilburn and Roland roads. The old farmland site is north of existing homes on Kilburn Road and Clutterbuck Creek runs through it.

WHAT IS PCYC PLANNING FOR SP79?

PCYC is developing this parcel of land for sale as residential lots. Following a period of consultation, the land was rezoned from Rural to Rural Residential in 2019.

It is envisaged that SP79 will yield 58 lots, with most being 2,000sqm (which is around four times the size of an average suburban block).

In addition to 58 homes, development will also include internal roads, public open space and a foreshore reserve.

According to existing plans, of the 16.55ha, 12.33ha will be used for residential land, 0.99ha for public open space, 3.23ha for local roads, with the remaining 6.77ha becoming a foreshore reserve.

It is anticipated the land will be developed in four stages.

There are no plans to build shopping centres, car parks or other infrastructure within the development site.

SP79 is the last development PCYC has planned for its landholding in Parkerville.

WHAT ABOUT THE HERITAGE-LISTED BUILDINGS?

PCYC also has no plans to develop the land on which its heritage-listed areas/buildings are situated.

The original site for Parkerville Children's Home and now Parkerville Beacon Road Campus holds important significance to PCYC as an organisation and to individuals who lived here. Many of the old buildings are heritage-listed and efforts are currently under way to seek funding for their preservation and maintenance.

The Children's Cemetery, while not on campus, is leased from Council and still very much a part of Parkerville CYC. It is one such sacred site which has undergone some much-needed maintenance.  Recently, the cemetery was privately blessed by Fr Chris Bedding from the local Anglican Church, and spiritually cleansed via a smoking ceremony conducted by Mr. Nick Abraham along with Yokai to provide spiritual healing.

WHAT IS PCYC LOOKING TO DEVELOP SP79?

Like many Australian institutions, PCYC has failed some of the children and young people in its care at certain times in its history.  The organisation is a very different one today, however, it is important that we do what we can to address the failures of our past. Our apology can be found at parkerville.org.au and acknowledges the deep sorrow and regret of our past failures.

Following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, PCYC signed up for the National Redress Scheme as a way to acknowledge the wrongdoings of Parkerville Children’s Home and provide compensation for those who suffered as no child or young person should.

DOESNT PCYC ALREADY HAVE A RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT THIS SITE?

PCYC has a parcel of land within its Parkerville holding that was developed for residential lots. Harmony at Parkerville consists of 59 country-size blocks ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 square metres. Being developed in three stages, nearly all of the lots have been sold since sales commenced in 2015.

Significantly, we are taking learnings from this project into our plans for the development of SP79. 
PROJECT STATUS
WHERE IS THE SP79 PROJECT AT?

Rezoning from Rural to Rural Residential was granted in 2019.

Following the rezoning, work commenced on the Draft Structure Plan. A Feasibility Study was also carried out, along with detailed site investigations.

Plans to submit the development proposal to the Shire of Mundaring have been postponed. The submission has been delayed so that PCYC may consider the impact of any outcomes from the Royal Commission into Natural Disasters on the development requirements, to learn more from findings in other development applications,  and to consult further with stakeholders and the community.

At this stage it is anticipated that Council will be asked to consider the structure plan at its February 2021 meeting.

WHAT ARE THE NEXT STAGES OF THE PROJECT?

The local Shire has been working with PCYC’s representatives and consultants for many months.  Following further investigation, if PCYC decides to proceed with SP79, development plans will be lodged with the Shire of Mundaring and considered in February 2021. It is expected that full approval to commence building roads and sub-dividing blocks will take a minimum of six months from lodgement with the council.

Once the structure plan is approved, a subdivision application will be submitted. Once subdivision approval granted, civil construction can commence.  It is hoped this work might commence later in the second half of 2021.  Once construction is completed, titles can be issued and lots sold.
MANAGING BUSHFIRE RISK
WHAT IS THE BUSHFIRE RISK FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT?

Like many beautiful parts of Australia, the Perth Hills is a high-risk bushfire zone.  The environment we love carries risks with it.  According to the CSIRO/BOM (2018), Mundaring Shire is Australia’s fifth highest Bushfire Risk Address. New South Wales and Victoria are the two states worst affected by bushfire and, according to a report issued in November 2019 (by Risk Frontiers), the top 10 most fire-prone areas in Australia are all in Victoria.

Any which way, it is clear that bushfire is a critical risk for our local community and the major bushfires we experienced in 2003, 2008 and 2014 were traumatic for many members of our community – and the memories live on.

PCYC acknowledges the bushfire risks and the devastation caused, and is committed to high standards of bushfire risk management.

The State Government is currently reviewing WA’s bushfire planning and building frameworks. This is to ensure they are based on scientific evidence and adapted to the State’s landscapes and bushfire risks.

A working group representing State and Commonwealth agencies including the CSIRO is undertaking the review. It’s anticipated an updated Map of Bushfire Prone Areas, draft SPP 3.7 and the Guidelines will be released for public discussion before being finalised in 2021.

HOW WILL PCYC RESPOND TO BUSHFIRE RISK?

PCYC is all too aware of the horrific consequences bushfires can have on the community and local flora and fauna, and it is of the upmost importance to the organisation that it ensures to the very best of its ability, the safety and well-being of not only the new residents to this wonderful community but also to those who have called this area home for many years.

To address the bushfire risk, the local council and State Government have strict requirements for building in high-risk areas. PCYC has undertaken all of the due diligence required in relation to bushfire concerns and plans for SP79 take into consideration these risks and requirements.

A comprehensive fire management plan has been prepared by technical experts in accordance with the State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Ares (SPP3.7), the Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas and Australian Standards 3959-2009 Construction of Building in Bushfire Prone Areas (AS 3959). The plan has been approved by DFES, which stated that the development meets the fire risk requirements.

The bushfire risk will be managed through the application of acceptable solutions under the Guidelines, including provisions for and implementation of Asset Protection Zones, relevant bushfire construction standards under AS3959, provisions of adequate emergency water supply and vehicle access, as well as through a direct bushfire suppression response if required.

Some vegetation will be cleared within Roland, Kilburn and Brindle Road verges to achieve a low threat/non-vegetated state, as well as conversion of the current on-site grassland to a managed low threat/non-vegetated state.

All future development will be located to avoid areas of extreme Bushfire Hazard Level and achieve a rating of BAL-19 or lower via building setbacks.

PCYC will also incorporate any additional requirements for bushfire risk mitigation that stem from the outcomes of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.

WHAT ABOUT THE EVACUATION MEASURES?

The design of SP79 ensures adequate road access in the event of a bushfire emergency. The road layout is actually very permeable and provides easy egress for both current and future residents. The plan has numerous roads off Kilburn Road that are adequate in the event of a bushfire or emergency evacuation. For a development this size, the requirement was only for two evacuation roads, but PCYC ensured that there are four to allow for the easy flow of traffic. 

CARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
WHAT IMPACT WITH SP79 HAVE ON THE ENVIRONMENT?

PCYC has been part of the Hills community for almost 120 years. We appreciate that the Hills environment, especially the natural bushland, is special. The plans for the 58-lot residential development aim to protect and preserve the natural environment – though it’s important to note that this land is former farming land and much of it was cleared many many years ago.

Thorough environmental studies have been carried out and plans developed to ensure any impacts on flora, fauna and waterways are minimised. In fact, central to the plans for the land is the restoration and improvement of Clutterbuck Creek.

Buyers at SP79 will also be encouraged to incorporate sustainable design and living into their homes, The aim is to provide housing opportunities and integrate them with the natural environment in a respectful and responsive way.

WHAT IS PLANNED FOR CLUTTERBUCK CREEK?

At the moment, Clutterbuck Creek is fenced off from the community. As part of the enhancement program, the area will be revitalised as a community space. Opening up the creek to the community will provide a wonderful place for reflection, relaxation and exercise, as well as wildlife watching for all to enjoy. 

A walk path will be installed right around the creek (adjacent to the proposed development) and park benches will be placed at locations around the creek for rest stops and for those wanting to sit and enjoy the natural surrounds.  PCYC will work with the community to include features including public artwork.

In addition, a conservation and management plan has been developed for Clutterbuck Creek. The management plan will ensure no uncontrolled stormwater will enter the creek. This will be achieved by having a drainage swale next to the creek that ultimately improves water quality.  Currently, as a farming lot, all stormwater enters the creek uncontrolled, allowing nutrient contamination. The water quality entering the creek will be significantly improved and a two-year water monitoring plan is in place to ensure the integrity of the development proposal. 

The good news is the success already achieved in improving the creek’s water quality in the area around Harmony Estate – so we’re looking forward to good results in this section of the Creek too.

PCYC is committed to conserving the natural beauty and habitat of Clutterbuck Creek. Plans for the revitalisation will include ridding the creek of introduced weeks and revegetating with naturally occurring species. We are hoping that many community members will want to be a part of this project – it’s high on the agenda for discussion by our new Community Panel. 

HOW WILL SEWERAGE MATTERS BE ADDRESSED?

To ensure no sewage leaks into ground water, PCYC will install aerobic treatment units (ATUs) similar to those installed as part of the Harmony Estate development. The ATUs protects from ground water contamination and also complies with the environmental requirements for effluent disposal and distance from waterways with the 100m buffer to Clutterbuck Creek. 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE TREES?

The SP79 land is an open paddock once used for farming – so much of the land was cleared some years ago.  Nonetheless, we’re keen to preserve as many of the trees still there as possible. The development will see 16.55ha turned into just 58 large lots so there is no need for extensive clearing and 85 per cent of all the trees will be retained. It should be noted that some trees will need to be cleared to meet fire safety regulations.

A survey of the land was undertaken and all significant trees were mapped. The subdivision layout has been designed around the trees in order to protect as many trees as possible. During the survey, two hollow trees which are a favorite of Black Cockatoos for nesting were located and these will not only be retained, but the roads have been altered to go around them so the Black Cockatoos have minimal disturbance.  
MAKING THE MOST OF THE HILLS LIFESTYLE
WHAT IMPACT WILL SP79 HAVE ON THE HILLS LIFESTYLE?

It will enhance it with fabulous new community members living on large lots in a wonderful part of Perth! 

From the beginning, PCYC has been a part of the Hills community. It was through community goodwill and support that the original children’s home was established and made a contribution to its neighbourhood.

PCYC’s plan for SP79 is to provide much sought-after country blocks (on average 2,000sqm) for families looking to become a part of the Hills community and enjoy the unique lifestyle on offer.

The development is just 58 lots, ensuring existing infrastructure and services are not put under strain. 

Small and thoughtfully designed, SP79 is a development in keeping with the lifestyle unique to the Hills, where sustainability and living in harmony with the environment will be encouraged.
HAVE YOUR SAY
IS PCYC SEEKING COMMUNITY INPUT?
Absolutely – and not just in relation to SP79!While we have already heard from many parts of the community in relation to our development plans, and our door is always open, we’re keen to step up our community engagement over the next critical weeks and months and then continue to work more closely with our stakeholders throughout 2021 and beyond.Community input is welcome and encouraged.

A Community Panel is being formed to explore issues of common interest, build stronger mutual understanding and identify how PCYC and can work even more closely with our community on this and other projects.

IS THE COMMUNITY PANEL THE ONLY FORUM FOR ENGAGEMENT WITH PCYC?

Absolutely not. PCYC also engages separately with former residents and a number of institutional stakeholders including local and State Government elected members and agencies, and other agencies in the social services sector.All members of the community – and not just those on the Panel – will be welcome to contact us via the dedicated email community@parkerville.com.au and we’ll also issue invitations widely.

HOW CAN I GET INTOUCH?

If you’d like to ask a question or make a comment, please email us at community@parkerville.org.au or call us .  We look forward to hearing from you.

CAN I NOMINATE TO BE ON THE COMMUNITY PANEL?

Yes!  It’s important this group is large enough to be representative of our community and small enough to be practical and effective, so we can’t guarantee everyone who nominates will become part of the group – but we’ll do our best!If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone else, please fill out the nomination form.Thanks so much!



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