Group given ap­proval

Wanneroo Times - - News - Laura Pond

THE Cao Dai As­so­ci­a­tion of WA can con­tinue to op­er­ate in Gir­rawheen fol­low­ing sup­port from Wan­neroo coun­cil­lors.

The as­so­ci­a­tion had sought ret­ro­spec­tive de­vel­op­ment ap­proval for a change of use to place of wor­ship and build­ing ad­di­tions at its ad­ja­cent Bard­s­ley Av­enue prop­er­ties.

A City of Wan­neroo re­port pre­sented at the Au­gust coun­cil meet­ing said of­fi­cers be­came aware of the need for ap­pli­ca­tions af­ter the landown­ers asked to use Bard­s­ley Park for event park­ing last De­cem­ber.

It found the as­so­ci­a­tion had been op­er­at­ing from the homes for “a num­ber of years” but had no record of com­plaints.

Feed­back on the pro­posal gar­nered one anony­mous ob­jec­tion, which was con­cerned about the num­ber of peo­ple at­tend­ing, traf­fic con­ges­tion and be­lieved there were other ar­eas more ap­pro­pri­ate for the fa­cil­ity.

The re­port said there was suf­fi­cient on-site park­ing and though it noted the owner in­tended to seek over­flow park­ing for its events, in­cluded a con­di­tion re­quir­ing this.

The City es­ti­mated that de­spite ad­di­tional traf­fic the road would still op­er­ate well un­der its ca­pac­ity, and be­lieved the land use was ap­pro­pri­ate for the area.

It raised con­cerns about the paved verge so rec­om­mended con­di­tions re­quir­ing one tree be planted per lot and sub­mis­sion of land­scap­ing and retic­u­la­tion plans.

The City will also fur­ther in­ves­ti­gate the paved area as it ex­ceeds the al­lowed amount and “any ac­tion nec­es­sary will be un­der­taken to rec­tify the is­sue”.

Cr Sa­man­tha Fenn said she was pleased the as­so­ci­a­tion’s oper­a­tion was for­malised as it had a long his­tory in the com­mu­nity with no prob­lems and Cr Brett Treby de­scribed it as an “out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of com­mu­nity co­he­sion”.

Cr Nguyen ac­knowl­edged ig­no­rance was not an ex­cuse but be­lieved ap­proval should be granted as the as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent and mem­bers strug­gled with a lan­guage bar­rier and were not aware they had to seek ap­proval.

“As soon as they were made aware they took steps to meet re­quire­ments,” he said.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously sup­ported ap­proval sub­ject to eight con­di­tions in­clud­ing op­er­at­ing hours of 10am to 8pm daily with a max­i­mum of 12 pa­trons.

The as­so­ci­a­tion can hold three re­li­gious events per year for no more than 30 peo­ple.

The City of Wan­neroo has granted ret­ro­spec­tive ap­proval to the Cao Dai As­so­ci­a­tion. d468000

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