Wetlands co-owners threaten legal action if land sold to City of Bayswater

Carter's wetlands.
Carter's wetlands.

CITY of Bayswater confirmed the D’Orazios are threatening legal action against the Carter family over the sale of wetlands at lot 14, 128 King William Street.

Last night, council deferred for a second time approving a $3 million purchase price for the wetlands.

Acting chief executive Carissa Byswater confirmed the D’Orazios had threatened legal action if the Carters sold the site to council and that was the reason the decision was deferred last week.

Bayswater resident Rachael Roberts queried why only one of the Carter family owners, Robert William Carter, signed an agreement with the D’Orazio family over cul-de-sac heads that encroached on the wetlands.

Planning and development services director Des Abel said that was a matter for the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) – the body that originally green-lit the cul-de-sacs and neighbouring development – to determine.

Jane Chambers asked council whether the D’Orazio family was using the threat of legal action to try and get the Leake Street block previously refused by them.

Mayor Barry McKenna said he had spoken to the D’Orazio family and made clear council’s resolution to buy land.

“At this point, we have a council resolution to buy private land called Carters wetlands,” he said.

A City officer confirmed if the cul-de-sacs went ahead, it would encompass 4700sq m of the Carter site.

Greg Smith said the “wrong people” were trying to buy the wetlands site and said it was the role of WAPC to buy regional open space.

Before the item was deferred, a City officer recommended no cul-de-sac heads encroach on Carters and an appropriate condition addressing this matter be applied accordingly.

Co-owner Greg D’Orazio declined to comment.

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