BAYSWATER residents have expressed concerns after earthmoving equipment rolled on to the D’Orazio subdivision today.
No Houses in Wetlands member Deborah Bowie said for the last couple of days mowing had been carried out at the site, but today a bobcat rolled in and began what appeared to be clearing.
She said the group was concerned by the proximity of works to the Carter’s wetlands while the site was in limbo.
Bayswater council put off approving a $3 million purchase last month after it received a letter from the D’Orazio family’s lawyers.
The D’Orazio family, as well as the Carter family, took out an advertisement in yesterday’s Eastern Reporter that stated the City’s comments on the legal matters were a “contortion of the intent of correspondence between the parties”.
Ms Bowie queried the timing of the advertisement and commencement of works today.
“It’s been nearly 12 months since the first clearing,” she said.
“Was (the advertisement) an attempt to garner community sympathy and paint them as victims?”
She said she was concerned as a resident she received no notification of the works.
City of Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said on April 3 the City provided conditional approval for stage one of the earthworks following the WA Planning Commission’s approval of the sub-division against the recommendation of the City.
“The stage one earthworks will involve filling an area within the site that borders Riverside Gardens… (and) the City understands that a geotechnical survey of the site will be undertaken by the developer next week,” he said.
“The onus is on the developer to inform surrounding residents in advance of the commencement any earthworks.
“The City understands that from 1 July, earthworks will begin with fill to the depth of two metres being placed on top of the existing ground level. It must then be left to settle for 12 months.”
A spokeswoman for the developers said no works would be undertaken on Carter land and works carried out today included lawn mowing and removal of poisonous plants.
“The D’Orazio family have compromised by reducing the number of housing lots to be developed on their land in order to prevent any incursion onto the adjoining site,” she said.
“This was a voluntary action on their part while negotiations with the City of Bayswater can be finalised.
“The owners of the land are keen to progress a positive outcome as quickly as possible with the City.”
She said any work on site was fully approved by the City and the Department of Environment Regulation.