Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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

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