MATTER NOT OVER
ON August 15 last year, the community welcomed the Metro Centro Joint Development Assessment Panel decision to reject an application to develop the Como Hotel and a Dan Murphy’s liquor store on the corner of Canning Highway and South Terrace.
The applicant, ALH Group, appealed against that decision.
Plans were revised and last Tuesday the matter returned to the panel.
I was glad to hear Mayor Sue Doherty, who spoke to community concerns on the social effects of a discount liquor outlet leading to excessive alcoholic consumption.
In addition, Professor Peter Howat presented well-researched evidence for this on the day.
Panel member Councillor Sharron Hawkins-Zeeb successfully added social issues and the effects on amenity (already a local town planning scheme consideration), as additional reasons for consideration in the deliberations.
Another panel member, Councillor Colin Cala, was particularly supportive of resident presentations and traffic consultant studies showing additional traffic congestion and safety issues, as well as expressing concerns for the future shortage of parking spaces, and preservation of amenity.
After four hours of presentations and questioning, presiding panel member Charles Johnson announced the decision again to reject the application.
While I welcome the decision, alas the matter is not yet over, as ALH Group can appeal again.
The long process seems set to continue with a likely hearing at the State Administrative Tribunal. GREG BENJAMIN. South Perth.
– Greek physician
Hippocrates via John Hughes