DARLING RANGE HOTEL REDEVELOPMENT REJECTED: P5
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.
At centre are Bellevue Ratepayers Association’s Dianne Arvino and Subiaco councillor Julie Matheson with local residents.