No lift-off for eco resort in Mundaring

An artist’s impressions of the eco resort proposal for Mt Helena.
An artist’s impressions of the eco resort proposal for Mt Helena.

REVISED plans for an eco resort with helipad failed to sway a majority vote in a local council chamber.

Shire of Mundaring councillors voted 8-3 at the Tuesday meeting against the proposal to build six chalets, a day spa and restaurant in Alison Street. The council recommended refusal of the application by PROEKT Architecture on behalf of landowners Paul and Emma Rashleigh.

Officers said there was insufficient supporting information to demonstrate the proposal was consistent with the Shire’s local planning scheme, and the plan was out of place for a rural small holding zone.

Hobby farmer Joan Quinn, who lives next door to the site, attended the council meeting.

“One of the best comments made on the night came from one of the applicant’s representatives, who compared the noise of a helicopter landing to being no worse than a toilet flushing in a house,” Mrs Quinn said.

The plan first came before the council in May and more than 380 residents have signed a petition against the proposal.

“One of the questions asked by Councillor Trish Cook at the meeting was how had an application that did not fit within the town planning scheme get this far?” Mrs Quinn said.

The applicant was refused more time to complete the requirements previously requested by the Shire.