SPUDSHED GETS NOD

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

SPUDSHED will be rolling into the for­mer Mas­ters site in Joon­dalup af­ter it was ap­proved at a spe­cial Joon­dalup Coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day night.

The pro­posal for the fresh pro­duce and whole­sale store, to op­er­ate 24-7 in In­june Way, was sched­uled to go be­fore Joon­dalup Coun­cil last week but was with­drawn from the agenda when the City re­ceived an ob­jec­tion from Lake­side Joon­dalup.

SPUDSHED will be rolling into the for­mer Mas­ters site in Joon­dalup af­ter it was ap­proved at a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day night.

The pro­posal for the fresh pro­duce and whole­sale store, to op­er­ate 24-7 in In­june Way, was sched­uled to go be­fore Joon­dalup Coun­cil last week but was with­drawn from the agenda. It was due to be con­sid­ered as an ‘un­listed use’ un­der the City’s Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme be­cause it did not fit in with the uses of ‘shop’ or ‘bulky goods show­room’.

How­ever, the City re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from lawyers act­ing for Lendlease, which owns Lake­side Joon­dalup Shop­ping City, chal­leng­ing the land use and sug­gest­ing it should be con­sid­ered a ‘shop’, which would not be con­sid­ered ap­pro­pri­ate for the site, and why the pro­posal was not ad­ver­tised.

The City then sought its own le­gal ad­vice, which clar­i­fied it was more ap­pro­pri­ate to con­sider the pro­posal as both a ‘shop’ and ‘ware­house/stor­age’. This meant it was no longer con­sid­ered an ‘un­listed use’ and there­fore was no longer re­quired to come be­fore the coun­cil, with the de­ci­sion rest­ing with City of­fi­cers.

How­ever, the spe­cial meet­ing doc­u­ment said given the “ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stance”, the item was be­ing pre­sented back to the coun­cil, where it was rec­om­mended for ap­proval.

Rep­re­sent­ing Spudshed owner Tony Galati, Plan­ning So­lu­tions di­rec­tor Ben Doyle said they were “dis­ap­pointed” to hear of Lendlease’s ob­jec­tion.

He said a re­tail assess­ment had found the in­tro­duc­tion of Spudshed to Joon­dalup would have a max­i­mum im­pact of 1.6 per cent on any cen­tre in the sur­round­ing 15km ra­dius, which in­cluded Lake­side Joon­dalup, with a Heathridge IGA po­ten­tially af­fected by 1.6 per cent and the Edge­wa­ter IGA by a max­i­mum of 1.4 per cent.

At the meet­ing, the man­ager of PET­s­tock and owner of Caff­is­simo, which are also near the for­mer Mas­ters site, spoke in favour of Spudshed mov­ing in. They said since Mas­ters left more than two years ago, their busi­nesses had suf­fered.

Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said he strongly sup­ported the pro­posal, ac­knowl­edg­ing the area would “evolve in re­sponse to con­sumer ap­petite”. He said while he never would have fore­seen a Spudshed at the site, it was a good lo­ca­tion “1 to 2km from the CBD but not in the heart of it and that’s what we want”.

How­ever, Cr Rus­sell Poli­wka moved to de­fer a de­ci­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion, say­ing it was be­ing “rushed”.

He said while he sup­ported the WA-owned busi­ness, a Spudshed was not what should be ex­pected for the site and the Wan­gara store was only nine min­utes away.

His mo­tion to de­fer was lost and the ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved 7-3, with Crs Poli­wka, Kerry Hol­ly­wood and Russ Fish­wick op­posed.

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