LET TRIBUNAL DECIDE
THEGazette’s February 24 edition reported that the Metro Joint Development Assessment Panel had again rejected an application for a Dan Murphy’s on the Como Hotel site.
My letter in the same edition welcomed the decision taken on February 17 after four hours of public presentations and deliberations concerning more than 125 pages of documents.
As an interested party, I received a letter from the City of South Perth stating, “it is anticipated that the applicant’s appeal to the State Administration Tribunal will proceed to a final hearing, with the tribunal making the final determination”.
I was then stunned to find out that, less than a week after the panel’s decision, after mediation the ALH Group could submit a third plan, and that this could go back to the assessment panel for a third round of presentations and deliberations, rather than being heard for a final determination by the tribunal.
Clearly, this is a process loaded in favour of developers.
Against the proposed Dan Murphy’s development there has been a well-publicised special electors’ meeting in July last year, strong resolutions in the same month from South Perth council and two assessment panel meeting decisions with detailed community presentations from numerous residents as well as Mayor Sue Doherty, State MP John McGrath, and Federal MP Steve Irons.
Panel member Councillor Colin Cala was unequivocal when on February 17 he argued that the core reasons for rejecting the proposed $6 million development had not changed.
Even if ALH submits a third plan, I suggest that the core problems will remain. A third assessment panel hearing seems unnecessary. I urge all those concerned to expedite this already long process, and go next to a tribunal final hearing. GREG BENJAMIN, South Perth.
– author Jonar C. Nadar
via Brian Lloyd