City firm on walk­ways

Eastern Reporter - - Let's Eat - Kristie Lim

BAYSWA­TER Council has de­clined the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal’s in­vi­ta­tion to re­con­sider its po­si­tion on the in­ter­nal walk­ways around ap­proved ad­di­tional kiosks at Gal­le­ria Shop­ping Cen­tre. The SAT or­dered the council to re­con­sider its Septem­ber de­ci­sion to ap­prove the kiosks, sub­ject to the con­di­tion of all malls hav­ing a min­i­mum clear width of 5m and 2.5m on each side of any kiosk, and pro­vide ad­di­tional rea­sons for its de­ci­sion.

City of­fi­cers pre­vi­ously rec­om­mended one kiosk to have a min­i­mum clear width of 3.7m, an­other with a clear width of 4.5m and an­other kiosk with a clear width of 1.8m to the sides, which the council re­jected.

At the Novem­ber 7 council com­mit­tee meet­ing, coun­cil­lors sup­ported Deputy Mayor Chris Cor­nish’s al­ter­nate mo­tion 10-1.

Cr Cor­nish said the council was not go­ing to take the risk of hav­ing ratepay­ers pay about $200,000 in award costs.

“As we are all aware, the ratepay­ers had the fi­nan­cial bur­den im­posed upon them from SAT send­ing things back to this council giv­ing due re­gard and re­con­sid­er­a­tion to the item, then it go­ing back to SAT and hav­ing costs awarded against us,” he said.

“Too many times, our wise de­ci­sion has dif­fered from SAT’s de­ci­sion and it’s our ratepay­ers that pay the price.”

Mayor Dan Bull said he be­lieved the re­quest for the council to pro­vide more rea­sons was “try­ing to set the council up to fail”.

Rowe Group senior plan­ner Sean Fair­foul, who spoke on be­half of Gal­le­ria’s own­ers Vicin­ity Cen­tres, said the council’s con­di­tion was not a plan­ning con­sid­er­a­tion but a build­ing con­sid­er­a­tion.

Yas­mine Yianni of Dianella with her tro­phy.

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