Council orders hotel to remove dongas
■ The Karratha International Hotel has been given one year to remove temporary accommodation units used to house staff.
The dongas were approved for use during construction of the KI’s drive-through bottleshop and were supposed to be removed within 28 days of its completion.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the council had given the owners a grace period to remove the buildings.
“While (the) council was aware these units remained in place, the fact they did not meet their planning approval conditions was not detected until last year when City officers conducted an audit on all transportable buildings,” he said.
“Once aware, City officers notified management and the owners of the non-compliance immediately and required them to address the matter with the highest priority.”
The Karratha International Hotel is part of the Prendiville Group of properties, which includes Sandalford Wines, Hotel Rottnest and the Norfolk Hotel in Fremantle.
At last month’s City of Karratha Council meeting, Prendiville Group project manager Tony Dichiera argued for additional time to remove the temporary accommodation, but was denied after several councillors said the hotel had more than enough time to remove them already.