PARTY OVER AT OSWAL MAN­SION

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

PO­LICE are on alert for last-chance Hal­loween and Christ­mas par­ty­go­ers at Rad­hika Oswal’s un­fin­ished man­sion, which will be de­mol­ished af­ter an agree­ment at the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal last week.

“Our con­cern is Hal­loween, and we will be ac­tively mak­ing sure the prop­erty doesn’t get tres­passers, as it’s a dan­ger­ous site, that’s why it’s fenced off, and any­one we find in there will be pros­e­cuted,” Se­nior Sergeant Carol Ver­non said.

Sgt Ver­non said se­nior of­fi­cers were told im­me­di­ately of the agree­ment and a long-term po­lice re­sponse in co-op­er­a­tion with Pep­per­mint Grove Coun­cil would be de­vel­oped to stop use of the man­sion for pri­vate par­ties be­fore a Septem­ber 30, 2016 de­mo­li­tion dead­line.

Af­ter meet­ing Pep­per­mint Grove Coun­cil at SAT last Tues­day, Mrs Oswal’s Perth lawyer Julius Skin­ner said his client had aban­doned plans to com­plete the man­sion and it would be in­ves­ti­gated if the six-block site could be re­de­vel­oped.

Pep­per­mint Grove pres­i­dent Rachel Thomas said the coun­cil was “pretty pleased” at the po­ten­tial end of 11 months of ne­go­ti­a­tions with Mrs Oswal, cost­ing the coun­cil about $650,000, af­ter her man­sion was left in­com­plete in 2010.

The coun­cil and the Oswals were due at a full SAT hear­ing about the man­sion’s fu­ture on Novem­ber 9 but a for­mal de­mo­li­tion or­der from the coun­cil is now ex­pected to be is­sued this Fri­day.

“Mrs Oswal has now in­di­cated she wishes to stage the de­mo­li­tion,” Mrs Thomas said.

How­ever, al­legedly re­main­ing rates owed to the coun­cil would still have to be re­cov­ered.

Mrs Oswal’s Syd­ney lawyer Re­bekah Giles said the coun­cil’s timetable for the man­sion to be com­pleted had been “un­re­al­is­tic and un­achiev­able” dur­ing pre­vi­ous ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Ms Giles said it had yet to be de­cided whether a new build­ing would be built on the man­sion’s six lots, or whether the lots would be sold af­ter the de­mo­li­tion, for which “ex­perts” would now be em­ployed for pre-de­mo­li­tion work be­fore Christ­mas.

“We will con­tinue to pa­trol the site and make sure it’s se­cure,” she said.

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