Midland Reporter - - Front Page - READ IT ON­LINE FIRST AT www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au Sarah Brookes

THE East Metro Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel has knocked back a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to de­mol­ish a cen­tury-old pub in Belle­vue once used by World War I dig­gers sta­tioned at Black­boy Hill.

Dianne Arvino from the Belle­vue Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion said lo­cals were ec­static the Dar­ling Range Ho­tel, which was built in 1903, had been saved from the wreck­ing ball.

“The com­mu­nity does not want or need an­other ser­vice sta­tion in the area, es­pe­cially if it means de­mol­ish­ing a his­toric build­ing and us­ing land ear­marked un­der the Belle­vue East Land Use Study for a neigh­bour­hood cen­tre,” she said.

“This plan is ill-con­ceived and short-sighted and will see Belle­vue have eight ser­vice sta­tions within two kilo­me­tres, but only two build­ings left that are over 100 years old.”

Ms Arvino said the as­so­ci­a­tion be­lieved the An­zac con­nec­tion to the ho­tel was of State sig­nif­i­cance.

“It’s a con­nec­tion that should be revered and has tourism po­ten­tial,” she said.

“The Her­itage Coun­cil is re­view­ing the Dar­ling Range Ho­tel on April 28 for an in­terim list­ing and we are hop­ing that will go ahead pre­serv­ing the build­ing for 12 months.”

In a back­flip the City of Swan last week sup­ported the de­mo­li­tion of the Dar­ling Range Ho­tel.

City chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Fo­ley said af­ter re­ceiv­ing more ad­vice staff were satisfied a petrol sta­tion at the site was con­sis­tent with the City’s Belle­vue Land Use Scheme and lo­cal plan­ning scheme.

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At cen­tre are Belle­vue Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion’s Dianne Arvino and Subiaco coun­cil­lor Julie Mathe­son with lo­cal res­i­dents.

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