‘Taj’ to be re­cy­cled

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

PANKAJ and Radhika Oswal’s un­fin­ished ‘Taj-on­the-Swan’ man­sion will be re­cy­cled into road build­ing ma­te­ri­als in a de­mo­li­tion con­tact agreed by Pep­per­mint Grove Coun­cil on Tues­day.

“Oc­to­ber 3 is likely to be a likely start date; it’s very likely,” coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive John Mer­rick told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

Bassen­dan-based de­mol­ish­ers Cap­i­tal Re­cy­cling was awarded the con­tract, af­ter the coun­cil re­ceived sev­eral bids to bring down the 20-room, In­dian-style man­sion.

The coun­cil claims un­der WA Build­ing Codes that the build­ing has been derelict and aban­doned since 2010.

“They are a class-one de­mo­li­tion com­pany, and all ma­te­rial from the man­sion will be re­cy­cled at their Bayswa­ter plant to make road base,” Mr Mer­rick said.

Ear­lier this year, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT) or­dered the Oswals to de­mol­ish the man­sion by Septem­ber 30, and the Fed­eral Court found Mrs Oswal had de­frauded cred­i­tors when she trans­ferred the man­sion’s mort­gage to a Dubai hold­ing com­pany.

A Mel­bourne Supreme Court hear­ing con­tin­ues into the 2010 col­lapse of the cou­ple’s Pil­bara fer­tiliser plant, in­volv­ing Nor­we­gian co-share­holder Yara, the ATO and the ANZ Bank.

The coun­cil claims the Oswals owe more than $100,000 in rates and they have pro­vided no plan for the man­sion’s fu­ture, ren­o­va­tion or se­cu­rity.

Mr Mer­rick said any out­come from the court case would not af­fect the man­sion’s pend­ing de­mo­li­tion be­cause that le­gal ac­tion had no con­nec­tion to the coun­cil’s claim the man­sion was dan­ger­ous un­der the Codes, and the coun­cil had all its le­gal pro­ce­dures in place.

De­mo­li­tion has yet to be fully costed, and the cost could be re­cov­ered by any sale of the site, but it is planned to take two-tothree weeks, po­ten­tially be­tween 7am and 4pm daily.

The Oswals’ un­fin­ished ‘Taj-on-the-Swan’ man­sion.

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