Kelete Theatre gets okay to continue so long as premises are soundproofed


Kelete Theatre and Performing Arts Company owner Kelly Buckle Picture: Matt Jelonek d452728
Kelete Theatre and Performing Arts Company owner Kelly Buckle Picture: Matt Jelonek d452728

A PERFORMING arts company that offers classes to people with disabilities has been given the okay by Cockburn Council to continue, as long as it soundproofs its premises.

Kelete Theatre and Performing Arts Company is based at one of 13 commercial units located at 153 Rockingham Road in Hamilton Hill.

The site has been a source of noise complaints from adjoining residents since 2003, although Kelete only opened there in February.

At a council meeting last week, Kelete owner Kelly Buckle sought permission to operate from 9am-9pm, Monday to Saturday.

She said those hours were needed to run her theatre and extra exercise classes, which help fund DAPAK, a not-for-profit she runs offering song, dance and drama classes to people with disabilities.

Ms Buckle promised to invest more than $70,000 to mitigate noise, and will also restrict parking onsite after 7pm.

Councillors backed her bid following a recommendation from councillor Lee-Anne Smith.

“The dance studio proposal will be under the strict watch of council,” she said.

“With the necessary sound and parking issues mitigated, it presents to me, and to council I hope, a win-win situation for all parties concerned.”

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes believed hours of operation should be limited.

“I believe the hours are far too long,” Mr Howlett said.

“I’d expect if anyone was living in that area they’d have some concern about that.”

Ms Buckle said she was confident there would be no issues from here on.

“The recommendations put forward will ensure we completely take away all noise,” she said.