Shalom back on agenda
A DEVELOPMENT application for drug rehabilitation facility Shalom House will be reconsidered by the City of Swan next month after a decision by the State Administrative Tribunal.
The tribunal declined an application last week by the City for further mediation, instead opting to send the matter back to council.
In its decision, the tribunal said it was not satisfied the council had considered the merits of the application.
The council refused the application at the July council meeting, going against advice from the SAT to approve it.
In May, the tribunal found in favour of the facility, classifying the property on Park Street in Henley Brook as a community purpose and therefore capable of approval under Local Planning Scheme No.17.
Shalom House chief executive Peter LyndonJames, who is also a Swan councillor, said he was happy with the outcome, which was consistent with the direction the council had been receiving.
“The tribunal and the Supreme Court were consistent in their decision-making process, for which we are grateful. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same for the council,” he said.
“We hope that the council will reconsider their previous decision on the merits of the application, with the definition of “community purpose” now clearly explained and defined for them. The tribunal’s decision leaves no room for confusion.”
The three-year legal battle with Shalom House has cost the City more than $185,000 in fees.
Mr Lyndon-James said it was disappointing that further litigation would lead to further expenses.
Mayor David Lucas said the council would reconsider the application at the September meeting.
“We, as a collective council, will make a decision in due course and I cannot predict the outcome of that decision,” he said.