Orange Grove residents pleads to Gosnells councillors to allow accommodation on property to care for sick parents


Cherylyn Cocking with her parents Alfred and Betty Brough. Picture: Jon Hewson
Orange Grove residents pleads to Gosnells councillors to allow accommodation on property to care for sick parents
Cherylyn Cocking with her parents Alfred and Betty Brough. Picture: Jon Hewson

AN Orange Grove resident is hoping Gosnells council approves accommodation on her property for her sick parents.

Gosnells council made decided at its November 22 meeting to defer an application for ancillary accommodation on Maddington Road in Orange Grove as the original recommendation from the staff was the reject it.

Orange Grove resident Cheryl Cocking said she wanted her elderly parents to spend their remaining years living with her on the property so she could care for them.

The recommendation to the council was to reject it because her home is located within 1000m of the Boral Quarry.

Ms Cocking said having her parents stay in a transportable on her property would make it easier for her.

Her dad has cancer and needs caring for and Ms Cocking said it was too much on her mother, who had also been sick.

“It would be so much easier on me because I am here every day trying to take them to appointments,” she said.

“I want to put a 15.2m-long building with two bedrooms, a third room with a dining room and their own kitchen and bathroom.”

Ms Cocking said she planned to take down a shed to accommodate the building on her property.

Council deferred making a decision on the application; it will now to be looked at before the December 13 council meeting.

Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said the State Government’s Planning Policy aimed to restrict residential development within a kilometre of the quarry; a position that was subsequently reinforced as part of the Department of Planning’s submission on the application.

“The report and recommendation for the next Ordinary Council Meeting is currently being considered,” he said.

“It is anticipated some changes will be made to provide councillors with additional information.

“All applications for planning approval are considered on their individual merits.”