Home­base set­tle­ment pos­si­ble

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SUBIACO Coun­cil will con­sider propos­ing an out-of-court set­tle­ment of its on­go­ing legal ap­peal with Home­base at a meet­ing tonight.

Coun­cil­lor Lee Hem­s­ley’s mo­tion to see whether Home­base’s legal coun­sel wished to make the City of Subiaco a “writ­ten of­fer to re­solve the is­sues be­tween two par­ties” was de­ferred to full coun­cil at a com­mit­tee meet­ing last week.

“This (rental de­ter­mi­na­tion) case has taken sig­nif­i­cantly more time, and has cost sig­nif­i­cantly more than Coun­cil has been led to ex­pect,” Cr Hem­s­ley said.

“It would not bind us to any par­tic­u­lar lease, but it would give the ten­ant op­por­tu­nity to make an of­fer.”

Cr Mark Burns said Home­base was “trapped in No Man’s Land”.

“The mat­ter needs to be set­tled, ei­ther the City buys them out and takes pos­ses­sion of the prop­erty, or we of­fer them a new lease and con­se­quently they put in new plans to de­velop,” Cr Burns said.

“This stand- off does no­body, the least of which the com­mu­nity, any good.”

In the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly on Fe­bru­ary 10, Roy­d­house Street res­i­dent Grant John­ston said the City needed to re­open dead­locked 2010 dis­cus­sions with Home­base to re­de­velop of the site.

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