Morley: Former kindergarten site on Brand Place remains vacant, awaits interested occupiers

1 Brand Place, Morley. Picture: Kristie Lim
1 Brand Place, Morley. Picture: Kristie Lim

COMMUNITY groups and commercial entities will get a second chance to express their interest in moving into the vacant old Morley kindergarten site at 1 Brand Place.

The site last housed the Bayswater City Community Safety Watch and Garden Education Inc community garden, before the group was evicted in July 2017.

The group moved into the site in June 2015 and now are based at the Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club.

Bayswater Council voted 4-2 for Councillor Sally Palmer’s alternate motion to seek new expressions of interest at the September 11 committee meeting.

Councillors Stephanie Gray and Catherine Ehrhadt voted against.

Officers had recommended to grant People and Animal Welfare Society Inc a three-year user agreement, after previously selected applicant Life Without Barriers declined the lease offer.

It will cost the City $1000 for advertising and public consultation.

Cr Palmer said there might be other community organisations that could be struggling with paying rent elsewhere.

Cr Gray said there was a long history of anti-social behaviour and people sleeping around the property which caused concern to residents.

Strategic planning and place manager Matt Turner said an expression of interest seeking period would take about three months.

He said City rangers have been monitoring and cleaning up dumped goods at the property.