Coun­cil knocks back re­quest for fore­shore road re­draw

Midwest Times - - TIMES NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

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.”

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