McCall Cen­tre likely to be­come res­tau­rant

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

COTTES­LOE MLA Colin Bar­nett says un­in­ter­rupted ocean views would al­low for­mer cable sta­tion the McCall Cen­tre to be­come a res­tau­rant, func­tion cen­tre or even a home.

“This could be a fan­tas­tic res­tau­rant, and I think ul­ti­mately this is what it’s likely to be,” Mr Bar­nett told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly last Wed­nes­day.

The WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC) is cur­rently seek­ing pre­lim­i­nary com­ments from Cottes­loe and Mos­man Park coun­cils about re­zon­ing the 1926-built, her­itage-listed cen­tre, which is on the Cottes­loe-Mos­man Park bor­der.

The WAPC plan in­volves switch­ing the build­ing and land to its north from pub­lic pur­pose to ur­ban, which can in­clude res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial recre­ation.

Any re­zon­ing does not in­clude the ad­ja­cent Bee­hive Montes­sori School, af­ter Mos­man Park coun­cil­lors sup­ported it stay­ing in July.

The cen­tre on Curtin Av­enue housed about 60 Depart­ment of Child Protection staff un­til ear­lier this year, and will po­ten­tially be re­zoned for an ex­pected $20 mil­lion sale in State Govern­ment as­set dis­pos­als to pay an es­ti­mated $27 bil­lion pub­lic debt.

Mr Bar­nett said he ex­pected the sale in about a year, but wanted to see pub­lic use at the cen­tre for events such as wed­ding re­cep­tions, or aged and re­tire­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

How­ever, the Govern­ment was not rul­ing out some pri­vate res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

“That’s un­likely though, as it has to be re­zoned ur­ban use, and it would be very lim­ited what could be de­vel­oped as it has to keep with the cen­tre’s her­itage val­ues, and any ap­pli­ca­tion would go through the nor­mal coun­cil and State de­vel­op­ment pro­cesses,” Mr Bar­nett said.

He said the Govern­ment still had long-term plans to move coastal Curtin Av­enue be­hind the cen­tre, cre­at­ing a low-vol­ume beach ac­cess road in front.

Cottes­loe res­i­dents Simon Ro­drigues and Greg Dobbs are lob­by­ing for a multi-use re­gional park link­ing the Swan River to near the McCall Cen­tre, in­clud­ing bridg­ing the Fre­man­tle railway line.

“A res­tau­rant would be an as­set for the park on the ba­sis it would at­tract more peo­ple, and more uses,” Mr Ro­drigues said.

How­ever, Cottes­loe Cr San­dra Boul­ter wants the WAPC to or­gan­ise a com­mu­nity brief­ing about im­pli­ca­tions of re­zo­ing the site.

WA Premier and Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett says the cen­tre would be a “fan­tas­tic res­tau­rant”.

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