City of Vincent: noise and parking issues nearly scupper childcare centre plans


The property on Summers Street, Perth, that will be rezoned to become a childcare centre. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
The property on Summers Street, Perth, that will be rezoned to become a childcare centre. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

POTENTAL noise and parking issues almost got in the way of the City of Vincent getting a much needed childcare centre.

Concerns were raised by councillors over the application to re-zone 103-105 Summers Street, East Perth to allow for the facility – which would cater for up to 60 children and 15 staff.

Councillor Matt Buckels and Mayor John Carey did not support the application.

Cr Buckels said he did not agree with the four car bays proposed, predicting it would be “diabolical.”

“I don’t see how the parking would work, I don’t where the staff are going to park,” he said.

To address concerns over noise, the applicant must install an acoustic barrier along the western boundary for the length of the babies’ play area.

Mr Carey was not convinced.

“No one disputes the high demand for child care centres but I do not support the application,” he said.

Cr Jimmy Murphy championed the day care centre.

“I live in the area and all the other places are overbooked which causes plenty of grief,” he said.

“I have listened to the concerns, for and against, in particular the noise complaint, which is complicated.”

Cr Roslyn Harley said the location was perfect next to a public playground and would encourage people to catch the train because of its proximity to the East Perth station.

It is proposed the centre would operate Monday to Friday from 7am to 6.30pm.