Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion re­jects claims in pe­ti­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

PERTH Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion (PCHF) has re­jected claims in a res­i­dents’ pe­ti­tion it sought “com­mer­cial ad­van­tage” in the sale of Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House in York Street in Su­bi­aco.

“The claim in that pe­ti­tion is in­cor­rect and the Foun­da­tion does not own or have any in­ter­est in the land at all,” a PCHF spokes­woman said.

PCHF records show the site was sold to Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House in May 12, 2016.

The pe­ti­tion claims the house could be used by drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion clinic Fresh Start, and the City of Su­bi­aco may have breached its own plan­ning rules when it de­cided to con­tinue the site’s des­ig­na­tion as a hos­tel on May 26

Fresh Start is cur­rently at nearby Townsend Road in Su­bi­aco, but chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeff Claughton would not com­ment about the pe­ti­tion­ers’ claims when he was con­tacted last Fri­day.

The pe­ti­tion, ad­dressed to Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti, asked the State Govern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate if Su­bi­aco coun­cil had bro­ken plan­ning rules.

Act­ing Plan­ning Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said the min­is­ter’s of­fice was aware of the mat­ter and it had been re­ferred to the De­part­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage for ad­vice.

At­tempts to con­tact the pe­ti­tion’s or­gan­is­ers were un­suc­cess­ful and Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter King de­clined to com­ment.

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