But he did say that the community centre planned for Hampton Street was likely to have ‘an adverse impact on the amenity of the surrounding area’.
Murray Districts Aboriginal Association chairwoman Kerry-Anne Kearing said members had visions of a revamped hall, kitchen and basketball court.
The current building is not hooked up to sewage and there is no ablution block. But outside there is a community garden full or herbs and vegetables, and native seedlings dot the landscape.
Ms Kearing’s husband Mark Salmon said the Shire of Murray would not give the association a letter of recommendation so they could access funding.
‘We have a right to exist,’ he said. ‘What we have, we’ve done, we don’t expect council to put any money into it.’
Mr Unsworth said the centre was not a in a suitable location due to how close it was to houses.
But Mr Salmon said that less than 60 seconds away from the centre was a bowling club, next to a school, that served alcohol.
‘The Pinjarra Bowling Club is located within a fenced area and completely within a sports reserve, which is the main purpose for an activity such as a bowling club,’ Mr Unsworth said.
‘In the case of the Murray Districts Aboriginal Association proposal, the applicants were not able to provide basic supporting details that would enable an assessment of the impacts of the centre.’