CITY of Bayswater has issued about $5000 in fines to the property owner and applicant of a proposed church in Morley for operating services without approval.
Earlier this month, some neighbouring residents told the Reporter about their concerns over noise, traffic and lack of parking caused by evening church services being held at Lot 1, 505 Walter Road East, Morley.
Church organisation God Resurrection Power Ministries (GRPM) – Perth have been holding events since February and last held an official event on March 10.
The organisation’s planning application for a proposed change of use to place of worship, including ancillary food and beverage area, office and warehouse, is expected to be considered by the council on April 10.
Mayor Dan Bull said the City would continue to issue fines for any further breaches that might occur.
“The City has held a number of discussions with the applicant and the property owner and advised them that the premises cannot be used as a place of worship without development approval,” he said.
“We have also issued a series of warnings in an attempt to ensure compliance.
“Unfortunately that has not been successful and it has been necessary to fine the applicant and the property owner.
“Without wishing to second guess the outcome of Council’s decision; should the application be refused and should the premises continue to be used without approval, the City can consider further legal action, including prosecution.”
GRPM – Perth and P J Makhris Global Ministries, who hosted the services, have been contacted for comment.