De­pot site talks still in the works

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE Coun­cil’s saga sur­round­ing a new works de­pot con­tin­ued last month as coun­cil­lors re­jected us­ing a site at Sea View Golf Club.

Cr Mark Rodda said he did not think a works de­pot was ap­pro­pri­ate in a golf club and next to a kinder­garten and res­i­dents.

The saga started about 15 years ago when the coun­cil be­gan de­bat­ing what to do with its for­mer Nailsworth Street de­pot. The site was even­tu­ally sold for $9.1 mil­lion in 2013.

The money is be­ing used to write off some of the coun­cil's debt and un­der­pins planned im­prove­ments to the fore­shore.

The sale left trucks and coun­cil work­ers to com­mute to a pri­vately leased site near Sig­nal Hill in Fre­man­tle.

In July 2010, dis­grun­tled res­i­dents neigh­bour­ing the golf course caused the coun­cil to re­ject us­ing the site for a proper de­pot, but in May 2011 coun­cil­lors re­scinded that mo­tion.

Cottes­loe had dis­cus­sions with Mos­man Park about us­ing its Mccabe Street de­pot, but Cottes­loe chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said last week there was no dead­line for a res­o­lu­tion.

Mr Hum­frey said there was no rea­son for the 2011-re­quested re­port to be brought back to the coun­cil be­fore last month.

The course has a 470sq m de­pot with sim­i­lar ad­join­ing grounds­man fa­cil­i­ties, and any new pro­posal would re­sult in the area be­ing en­larged by 1000sq m. Coun­cil­lors ac­cepted staff ad­vice that be­cause the course was zoned for park­lands the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion would be un­likely to ac­cept any re­quest for change.

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