School’s fore­shore works on hold

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

CHRIST Church Gram­mar School (CCGS) will be given time to re­spond to con­di­tions placed by the Town of Clare­mont on pro­posed works to the fore­shore ac­cess path and boat ramp on Queenslea Drive.

Ear­lier this month, Clare­mont coun­cil­lors de­bated a mo­tion to com­mu­ni­cate the Town’s sup­port for the works to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Cr Alas­tair Tul­loch moved that the mat­ter be re­ferred back to al­low the Town to for­mally no­tify the school.

“Good governance re­quires that they be given more warn­ing so they can make a for­mal re­sponse,” he said.

The vote on Cr Tul­loch’s amend­ment was locked at 4-4, with Deputy Mayor Peter Browne us­ing his vote to in­stead send the item back to Town staff for more in­for­ma­tion.

The pro­posed works in­clude a new pedes­trian ramp down the Fresh­wa­ter Bay es­carp­ment from CCGS to a west­ern set-down area (on land owned by Methodist Ladies Col­lege), con­struc­tion of a new path east to­wards the ex­ist­ing CCGS boat shed and re­con­struc­tion of the boat ramp and associated land­scap­ing.

The pro­posed works will al­low row­ing boats up to 17m long to be safely trans­ported to and from the school to the fore­shore by stu­dents and up­grade the ex­ist­ing boat ramp that is eroded and un­safe.

The lower set-down area, path, and new boat ramp will be on land cov­ered by the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion Scheme Re­gional Re­serve for Parks and Re­cre­ation (for ac­qui­si­tion by the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion), mean­ing the Com­mis­sion’s ap­proval is re­quired.

The pro­posal was re­ferred to the Coun­cil’s Fore­shore Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for com­ment and was sup­ported with changes and con­di­tions.

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