De­ci­sion on In­di­ana de­ferred

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE Coun­cil will de­fer a de­ci­sion on a pro­posed $4.7 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of the iconic In­di­ana Restau­rant at Cottes­loe Beach un­til Fe­bru­ary.

Coun­cil­lors went be­hind closed doors to con­sider the con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal on De­cem­ber 14.

Later, chief ex­ec­u­tive May Hum­frey said the coun­cil wanted time to con­sider sub­mis­sions about it and restau­rant lessee Red Rock Leisure jointly un­der­tak­ing the project.

The ex­pan­sion has al­ready come un­der fire from the Cottes­loe Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, which claimed in its sub­mis­sion that ratepay­ers’ money would be risked, beach pol­icy was not be­ing fol­lowed and a pub­lic re­view of the need for the project was re­quired.

“There are many ques­tions not ad­dressed in the coun­cil’s busi­ness plan for the re­de­vel­op­ment, and the Cottes­loe Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is keen to make sure that any re­de­vel­op­ment is in the best in­ter­ests of Cottes­loe res­i­dents both now and into fu­ture,” as­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Yvonne Hart said.

It is pro­posed to re­fur­bish and ex­pand pub­lic toi­lets un­der the restau­rant, and build a road-level ramp east to Marine Pa­rade that could house a new kiosk. Coun­cil would con­trib­ute about $1.6 mil­lion, Red Rock about $1.7 mil­lion and the State Gov­ern­ment the re­main­der.

Mr Hum­frey said the coun­cil was fol­low­ing beach pol­icy be­cause the ex­pan­sion was at the min­i­mum size needed and the pub­lic re­view com­prised pub­lic sub­mis­sions that closed on Novem­ber 25.

He said ven­ti­la­tion is­sues pre­vented just re­fur­bish­ing the toi­lets and the coun­cil was aware of the care needed to re­de­velop the site and rene­go­ti­ate the lease. It would use “safe­guards” to mit­i­gate any risks mooted by the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Mr Hum­frey said the as­so­ci­a­tion was in­cor­rect in its claim the lease could be halted af­ter Au­gust 2016 be­cause op­tions in the lease were at the “com­plete dis­cre­tion” of the lessee, and if Red Rock took the op­tions, the lease was bind­ing on the Town un­til 2041.

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