Drama classes for disabled can go on: Council
A PERFORMING arts company that offers classes to people with disabilities has been given the okay by Cockburn Council to continue, as long as it soundproofs its premises.
Kelete Theatre and Performing Arts Company is based at one of 13 commercial units located at 153 Rockingham Road in Hamilton Hill.
Residents have complained about noise coming from the site since 2003, although Kelete only opened there in February.
At a council meeting last week, Kelete owner Kelly Buckle sought permission to operate from 9am9pm, Monday to Saturday.
She said those hours were needed to run her theatre and extra exercise classes, which help fund DAPAK, a not-for-profit she runs offering song, dance and drama classes to people with disabilities.
Ms Buckle promised to invest more than $70,000 to mitigate noise, and will also restrict parking onsite after 7pm.
Councillors backed her bid following a recommendation from councillor Lee-Anne Smith.
“The dance studio proposal will be under the strict watch of Council,” she said.
“With the necessary sound and parking issues mitigated, it presents to me, and to Council I hope, a win-win situation for all parties concerned.”
Kelete owner Kelly Buckle has agreed to the council’s stipulation that she soundproof her facility.