Ready for a bar fight

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

A WEST Swan res­i­dent is fight­ing plans to build a tav­ern next door to his ru­ral prop­erty.

Ge­off D’Cruz and a num­ber of lo­cal res­i­dents have started the group Stop the Tav­ern in an at­tempt to stop the pro­posed tav­ern be­ing built on lot 11 and 22 West Swan Road.

The group has also set up a gofundme page to raise money to pay for a pro­fes­sional town plan­ner to as­sist with ob­jec­tions to the de­vel­op­ment.

Mr D’Cruz said the pro­posed tav­ern would cre­ate noise, traffic and safety con­cerns. He said the pro­posal af­fected ev­ery­one in the area and would set a prece­dent.

“When I de­cided to em­ploy a con­sul­tant, I de­cided to put my money where my mouth is, but this will af­fect many peo­ple and it’s go­ing to be a large cost, so it would be great if other peo­ple could help out,” he said.

“The money will only be used to pay the town plan­ner and any ad­di­tional funds will be do­nated to the Na­tive An­i­mal Res­cue in Malaga.”

The pro­posed tav­ern will be a sin­gle-storey 677sq m build­ing and in­clude a 205sq m lounge and bar area, with a 52sq m ex­ter­nal bar.

The tav­ern will be open seven days a week, in­clude a play­ground and 94 car bays.

Mr D’Cruz said the pro­posed tav­ern did not fit with the ru­ral life­style and would cre­ate an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

“The great­est con­cerns I have are se­cu­rity and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, traffic hazards, and light and noise pol­lu­tion to the im­me­di­ate and broader neigh­bour­hood,” he said.

Sub­mis­sions for the pub­lic com­ment pe­riod ended yes­ter­day. The item will go to the coun­cil at a later date.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate, visit www.gofundme.com/4mj6124

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