City treads water
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.