A MULTICULTURAL services organisation will open a Wellness Centre in the City of Bayswater after the City of Vincent rejected its development application in North Perth in June last year.
Bayswater Council voted on December 5 8-2 to approve a change of use to recreation facility (wellness centre) for the Multicultural Services Centre of WA, including modifications involving a reduction in car bays from 26 to 16 and additional storage use.
The wellness centre, which will deliver support programs to elderly people and people with disabilities, will be located at 5 Bookham Street, Morley.
The organisation bought the Morley site after its application for a wellness centre at Woodville Reserve in North Perth was rejected.
It currently has a wellness centre in North Perth and offices in Morley, Mirrabooka and Cannington.
Organisation executive director Ramdas Sankaran said the organisation had been operating in North Perth for 28 years.
“We are hoping that by March 2018, we will have an opening for the centre,” he said.
Cr Barry McKenna said it was Vincent’s loss.
According to an officer’s report, one objection was received in relation to the reduction in car bays but Mr Sankaran said the shortfall would be managed as parking would only be available for staff and clients.
Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish acknowledged the parking shortfall and said there might be a need for a Morley parking plan in future.
Cr Stephanie Gray said other tenants wanted to ensure the parking was kept.
Planning and development services director Des Abel said the department usually would not consider a parking trial.