City treads wa­ter

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Com­mu­ni­tynews Kristie Lim

BAYSWATER Coun­cil will not make a de­ci­sion on pro­gress­ing op­tions for the May­lands Water­land un­til March.

At the De­cem­ber 5 com­mit­tee meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted 8-1 for Cr Filom­ena Pif­faretti’s mo­tion to de­fer the de­ci­sion un­til the sec­ond or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing in March.

Cr Lorna Clarke voted against it.

Of­fi­cers rec­om­mended es­tab­lish­ing a project work­ing group com­pris­ing of­fi­cers, Cr Elli PetersenPik and Cr Cather­ine Ehrhardt and any other in­ter­ested coun­cil­lor to progress op­tions for the 40year-old Water­land.

The City will wait un­til March for the out­come of its ap­pli­ca­tion for a grant from the State Gov­ern­ment com­mu­nity sport­ing and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties fund.

Last month, Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull con­firmed that Water­land would close at the end of the sum­mer sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cer’s re­port, there had been no suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions or re­sponses from the pri­vate sec­tor.

The City sent let­ters to John Hughes Group, Mul­ti­plex, AMP, Grant Thorn­ton Accountants, Wil­son Park­ing, Se­cure Park­ing, Rio Tinto, BHP, South 32, Clough, Wood­side, Chevron, Per­ron Group, Wyllie Group and William Por­te­ous Prop­er­ties In­ter­na­tional.

Of­fi­cers pro­posed to start com­mu­nity en­gage­ment in line with scop­ing doc­u­ments after Fe­bru­ary, fi­nalise the con­cept plans for a park by April 2019 and in­cor­po­rate fund­ing into the 2019-2020 bud­get for the park.

Friends of May­lands Water­land chair­man Josh Eve­son said there was no sin­cere at­tempt by the coun­cil in sav­ing the Water­land and its plan was to “sim­ply sit and wait”.

HOWDY Cof­fee’s bid to re­lo­cate to a sandy pocket in Bert Wright Park in Bayswater has hit a snag after the coun­cil knocked back its re­quest for a fiveyear lease.

City of Bayswater plan­ning com­mit­tee last week voted 9-1 to seek ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the in­stal­la­tion of a cafe or kiosk at the 150 sq m site off King William Street.

The de­ci­sion came after neigh­bour­ing café Howdy Cof­fee asked the coun­cil for help to re­lo­cate from 11 King William Street, which will be de­mol­ished as part of Yolk Prop­erty Group’s Heir de­vel­op­ment.

Of­fi­cers said in­vi­ta­tions of in­ter­est would al­low the City to con­sider pro­pos­als to pro­vide the “max­i­mum ben­e­fit” to the com­mu­nity.

Howdy Cafe owner Charles Ste­wart, who asked the coun­cil for a five-year lease, said his cafe sup­ported the com­mu­nity.

“We love be­ing around the peo­ple around us… now we can’t imag­ine leav­ing Bayswater, nei­ther could our cus­tomers,” he said.

“We are an es­tab­lished busi­ness with a proven track record of cater­ing to the de­mo­graphic that you would ex­pect to use the park, li­brary and se­nior cit­i­zens cen­tre.”

Mr Ste­wart said the busi­ness did not want to join other small busi­nesses that were clos­ing or re­lo­cat­ing be­cause of the ex­pected dis­rup­tion around the train sta­tion up­grade.

Deputy Mayor Chris Cor­nish com­mended Howdy Cof­fee’s idea, but said coun­cil should ad­ver­tise the va­cant site in­stead of do­ing a “side deal”.

Cafe lo­ca­tion: Bert Wright Park in Bayswater.

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