Remediation work essential

The Rosewood Care Group development site earlier this year.
The Rosewood Care Group development site earlier this year.

RESIDENTS living near the site of the Rosewood Care Group’s facility in Leederville will continue to be inconvenienced by the redevelopment.

Work on the site of the planned three-storey building was put on hold in October last year after the basement flooded with water because of the high water table of the site.

At its November 17 meeting, the City of Vincent approved the use of the Brentham Street Reserve for re-injection of the groundwater for a period of 12 months.

The developer will be required to pay a $20,000 bond, undertake dilapidation reports of all properties adjoining the site before the installation of pipe work and again six weeks after completion, and decommissioning of the re-injection infrastructure.

The business will also have to pay a $30,000 per annum licence fee.

Mayor John Carey said councillors were placed in a difficult position because they knew the work would inconvenience residents but it would be necessary for completion of Rosewood’s building.

“It’s a total inconvenience,” Mr Carey said.

The demolition of the original facility caused damage to at least 10 surrounding houses, but pre-dilapidation reports were not routinely required when City of Vincent council approved the demolition.

As a result, the affected residents were not compensated for the damage to their houses.