No quar­ter given over me­dian

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By JON BASSETT

CLARE­MONT Coun­cil and its largest ratepayer, Clare­mont Quar­ter shop­ping cen­tre, are ar­gu­ing over plants on a me­dian strip.

At this month’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lors agreed to tell the cen­tre to pay to land­scape 300m of the Gugeri Street me­dian strip on the north side of the shop­ping com­plex, which has al­legedly not been main­tained to an agreed stan­dard for nine years.

“It’s un­rea­son­able for the Town to have to pay the full cost for the ir­ri­ga­tion and up­grade, when the re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with the Quar­ter,” Coun­cil­lor Karen Wood said.

The coun­cil claims a 2006 agree­ment means the cen­tre’s land­scap­ing de­signs for the me­dian were to be part of ap­proval for the com­plex.

How­ever, sub­se­quently planted grasses died, par­tially from pedes­trian tram­pling, and the area de­graded even more when bore wa­ter ir­ri­ga­tion pres­sure dropped in 2014.

Coun­cil staff pro­posed ratepay­ers pay­ing for a new $148,500 bore and pump and $28,350 for the me­dian’s an­nual main­te­nance.

Staff said the ex­tra wa­ter could cre­ate land­scap­ing and a po­ten­tial “big en­try state­ment” to the Town.

“The me­di­ans are pre­sent­ing well be­low Clare­mont Town Cen­tre stan­dard and this can­not be re­solved un­til wa­ter sup­ply is im­proved,” their re­port said.

It was agreed to ask the cen­tre to abide by the agree­ment, and land­scape and main­tain the me­dian to coun­cil’s sat­is­fac­tion.

A spokes­woman for Clare­mont Quar­ter op­er­a­tor Hawai­ian said it was com­mit­ted to find­ing a pos­i­tive res­o­lu­tion, and it was li­ais­ing with the coun­cil about the me­dian strip.

The me­dian strip that’s in dis­pute.

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