Family cen­tre land for­malised

Wanneroo Times - - Opinion - Laura Pond

WAN­NEROO coun­cil­lors have sup­ported the pur­chase of a sec­tion of a Marangaroo park.

They voted at their Au­gust meet­ing to ex­cise a 326sq m por­tion of John Moloney Park, with the land to form part of the area pro­posed for lease to the Marangaroo Family Cen­tre.

A City re­port said the sec­tion was pre­vi­ously fenced off by the cen­tre with­out for­mal ap­proval, pre­vent­ing pub­lic ac­cess, and it wanted to in­cor­po­rate this in the lease area.

The cen­tre was leased to the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties (DOC) for $1 an­nu­ally be­tween 1991 and 2012 and has since been rented on a monthly ba­sis.

Last year, the State Gov­ern­ment de­cided to stop leas­ing prop­er­ties for pro­vid­ing sub­sidised ac­com­mo­da­tion to com­mu­nity groups and child­care providers as of June 30, 2018, so the City will lease the site di­rectly to Marangaroo Family Cen­tre.

The re­port de­scribed the ad­di­tional area as a “long­stand­ing his­tor­i­cal land ano­maly”.

“His­tor­i­cally, the DOC has con­tin­u­ally ad­vised the City that it would not re­move its play­ground in­fra­struc­ture from the ex­ci­sion area and re­align the fence line to the cor­rect bound­ary align­ment,” it said.

“It pre­vi­ously no­ti­fied the City that it would close the cen­tre should it be for­merly (sic) re­quested to op­er­ate purely within the ex­ist­ing bound­ary pa­ram­e­ters… claim­ing that the cen­tre can­not op­er­ate suc­cess­fully with­out a suf­fi­cient play area for its users.”

The City plans to buy the area from the Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage for more than $3000 and trans­fer more than $60,000 to a trust fund, and spend $10,000 on costs associated with the process.

At the same meet­ing, coun­cil­lors en­dorsed amend­ing the dis­trict plan­ning scheme to re­flect the site amal­ga­ma­tion.

The Marangaroo Family Cen­tre.

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