City of Joondalup: July council meeting in brief

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BUS parking bays at Go Bananas in Joondalup will be landscaped to create outdoor activity areas.

Councillors at Tuesday’s meeting voted to approve modification to the carpark to provide for landscaping in the bus bays and to increase the number of car bays from 28 to 30.

Approval included a condition to provide one shade tree per four car bays on site, with the document stating site inspections had found the existing trees had deteriorated.

At the council briefing, Cr Kerry Hollywood raised concerns of buses illegally parking at the children’s play facility.

Acting planning and community development director Chris Leigh said the applicant had advised buses would no longer be stored on site and would only be used to drop off and pick up.

Councillors also approved to increase staff numbers from 15 to 20.

A SPECIAL care facility in Duncraig has changed its expansion plans.

Last year, the council approved an office and store addition and an extra 14 car parking bays at Rocky Bay’s 15 Chessell Drive property.

However, they have now proposed to install a transportable office and two outbuildings instead but continue with the extra parking bays.

A July council document said the applicant had advised the transportable building was a temporary solution, with the additions as per the original approval still the ultimate intended outcome.

“A condition limiting the approval of the transportable office to four years has been included in response to this,” it said.

It said the proposal was compliant except for the southern boundary setback of 1.5m instead of 3m.

It was advertised for three weeks with no objections.

The council unanimously approved the new proposal on Tuesday.

JOONDALUP councillors have accepted a new contractor to provide building minor works and maintenance of value less than $150,000.

At Tueday’s meeting, they accepted the tender from Hickey Constructions for the next three years, estimated at $5.17 million.

Tenders were advertised from April 21 to May 9 with 15 submissions received.

A council document said Hickey Constructions represented the best value for the City and the company had been providing ongoing maintenance, emergency call-out and minor works for various local governments including the City of Wanneroo.

The City’s current contract with Devco Builders will expire on August 12.

Devco Builders ranked first in the qualitative assessment but was more expensive.