Dan­dara­gan coun­cil­lors take stand against servo

Midwest Times - - TIMES NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

Dan­dara­gan Shire coun­cil has re­fused plan­ning per­mis­sion for a ser­vice sta­tion and shop at the cor­ner of Mur­ray and An­drews streets in Jurien Bay, know­ing the de­vel­oper could ap­peal to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal

A ser­vice sta­tion and shop are both al­low­able uses un­der the land’s com­mer­cial zon­ing.

Shire pres­i­dent Leslee Holmes said coun­cil­lors wanted to make a stand.

“This is a very tricky one be­cause it ticks all the boxes for plan­ning but ev­ery­thing is wrong with this,” she said.

“It is right next to a beau­ti­ful new mo­tel, op­po­site an­other ser­vice sta­tion and not on the main road. We are very deeply con­cerned about the im­post it will have on tourism — we are wor­ried about noise, the traf­fic, ev­ery­thing.”

Mrs Holmes said the coun­cil took a “bold step” by vot­ing against the pro­posal.

“We are very ag­grieved that the plan­ning process has given us no op­tions,” she said.

“We are very ‘yes’ coun­cil and we would wel­come an­other ser­vice sta­tion for the peo­ple of Jurien Bay but not in that par­tic­u­lar spot.”

Mrs Holmes said the de­vel­oper had met Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Not­tle, who of­fered sev­eral other op­tions.

“He would not con­sider any of them and wanted to go ahead any­way,” she said.

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