Cen­tre plan un­der cloud

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

TONIGHT looms as the po­ten­tial end of the Wes­tralian Cen­tre con­cept plan.

The City of South Perth will make a de­ci­sion about the future of the pro­posal at tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing at the South Perth Com­mu­nity Hall from 7pm.

The pro­posed Wes­tralian Cen­tre would oc­cupy 2200sq m on the South Perth fore­shore about 300m west of the Coode Street Jetty.

It would in­clude an out­door area, recre­ation and in­ter­pre­ta­tion space, and build­ings for so­cial and civic events.

The of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion is to not progress the con­cept “in the form and in­dica­tive de­sign as pro­posed, in­clud­ing the un­der­tak­ing of fur­ther site and man­age­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tions and ob­tain­ing re­quired ap­provals.”

The South Perth Fore­shore Plan Ad­vi­sory Group is be­ing rec­om­mended to as­sist with in­ves­ti­gat­ing and ad­vis­ing the coun­cil on po­ten­tial op­tions to achieve Node 9 strate­gies, as part of the South Perth Fore­shore Plan.

At the briefing ses­sion, there were seven dep­u­ta­tions from mem­bers of the pub­lic, with the ma­jor­ity of the sen­ti­ment be­ing against the pro­posed cen­tre.

Con­cerns about the busi­ness case, sur­veys and ques­tion­naires were raised dur­ing the dep­u­ta­tions at a briefing ses­sion on June 20.

Among the res­i­dents to speak at the meet­ing was City of South Perth Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Ce­cilia Brooke.

She said the of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion pro­vided no as­sur­ances that there would be no build­ing at Sir James Mitchell Park.

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