City firm on walkways
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.