Council knocks back request for foreshore road redraw
The Dandaragan Shire council refused a request from the developer of a controversial high-rise hotel in Jurien Bay to realign Heaton Street road reserve, at its meeting last week.
Shire president Leslee Holmes said none of the councillors were prepared to move or second a motion to realign the road.
“Council’s theory is that they are not prepared to do any of that until the proponent starts building,” she said.
“He’s got quite a lot of building going on and council want to see that happening before they put all the other wheels in motion.”
She said it had taken the developer about seven years to obtain an environmental protection clearance.
“Originally council agreed to a land swap so Heaton Street would be cut off,” she said.
“He would put the road through his land and beautify all that foreshore so he would have the land for a hotel close to a foreshore jetty area.
“He spent a fortune and it’s taken so long, so he’s just come back with the plan to revitalise the plan again.”
The council did pass two other motions on the night so the new development would comply with various State Government requirements.
Mrs Holmes said the council was supportive of a hotel being built on the site.
“It is a wonderful block in a very strategic position on the foreshore by the jetty precinct and it has lain fallow for an awfully long time, so we are very supportive,” she said.
“In better financial times there would be more people wanting to develop that block but we are fortunate that we have a developer who is ready to go.”
Mrs Holmes said the council had to bear in mind that a large proportion of Jurien Bay did not want a building of up to 11 storeys on the foreshore, but it had been approved in 2011.
“The decision was made by a previous council so that is really all I can say on that,” she said.
“Personally I would like to see a much lower building, more suitable for a coastal town like Jurien Bay.
“Something more ‘beachy’, more modern, like you are seeing around Perth and Fremantle.
“Developments now are much more sympatico with the area, they are a much gentler look like grand designs with plants on the roof.”