BAYSWATER council has refused to approve additional kiosks at Galleria Shopping Centre, after an officer check this week showed the kiosks were still not compliant.
The City took action when it became aware of unauthorised kiosks in the internal walkways at the centre and received a retrospective application dated December 2015.
At its council meeting this week, a City officer said it would be easy for Galleria to rectify the compliance issues.
Resident Harry Bouzidis said after an 18-month push, he finally received a report that determined whether the kiosks positioned within the walkways of the shopping centre would adversely impact flow of occupants to exit in case of a fire.
He said the “desktop” review had many flaws.
The review said “flow would not be impacted by the kiosks”, as long it “maintained a minimum clear width 5m across mall, 2.5m clear width each side of kiosks and 1.5m in front of Dome cafe”.
An officer recommendation, which was rejected by council, suggested council allow exceptions including 2.3m clearance at Bailey Fitness Kiosk, 2.2m to 2.7m at Funworks Lolly Shop, 2.4m at Bioflow and 2.3m at Inglot.
The applicant, Rowe Group on behalf of Federation Manager and Perron Investments, can appeal council’s decision in the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
Last September, a Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel ticked off on a $350 million redevelopment of Galleria.
Mayor Barry McKenna said the non-compliant kiosks were a fire hazard and pointed out a fire burnt down the previous centre at the site in the 1980s.
“If we give this approval and there’s a catastrophic fire, some people lose lives… we’re liable if we do nothing,” he said.
“Shopping centre fires are a real risk and something that sits in the psyche in the City of Bayswater.
“I want this new Galleria to go ahead, but let’s do it right in the old Galleria.”
Cr John Rifici said as a good corporate citizen, the owners had a responsibility to be compliant.
Cr Michelle Sutherland said she had seen people trip trying to go around the kiosks.
Questions have been sent to Galleria’s owners.