Carter family meets with City of Bayswater over wetlands impasse

City of Bayswater has finally purchased Carter's wetlands. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
City of Bayswater has finally purchased Carter's wetlands. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

THE Carter family met with the City of Bayswater staff, councillors and WA Planning Department representatives last week, in the first meeting held to discuss the sale of the wetlands block.

Clearing works took place in July, after the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) approved a subdivision proposal despite a Bayswater Council refusal recommendation.

Following a huge community outcry, Council moved to try to buy the Carter’s wetland portion of the subdivision in August.

More than seven weeks later, Mayor Barry McKenna, councillors, the WAPC chairman, a Department of Planning representative and City officers met with members of the Carter family to discuss options for the site.

“All parties agreed to continue discussions regarding the sale of the land,” Cr McKenna said.

“Discussions are still underway.”

A petition tabled in parliament in August has called on the Minister for Planning to grant a planning control area for the wetlands next to the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.