Willagee: City of Melville ticks off on subdivision of former Carawatha Primary School site

The former Carawatha Primary School site on the corner of Archibald Street and North Lake Road.
The former Carawatha Primary School site on the corner of Archibald Street and North Lake Road.

THE City of Melville has ticked off on the subdivision of the former Carawatha Primary School site in Willagee for a housing development with the Satterley Property Group.

At Tuesday night’s special meeting of council, the subdivision was approved with 13 conditions, which covered engineering drawings, septic sewerage systems and other aspects of the development.

The council acquired the site on the corner of North Lake Road and Archibald Street from the Department of Education in 2006 with the intention for 1.3ha to be developed as public open space while the remaining 2.6ha was set aside for future development.

During May 2017, the council directed the City’s chief executive to proceed with the drafting and execution of a project management agreement with the Satterley Property Group.

The subdivision proposes 39 freehold lots ranging in size from 168sqm to 322sqm, which are intended for single dwellings, three larger freehold lots intended for apartment-style development, one freehold lot, with the use to be determined by the City, the existing Carawatha Park, which is to be dedicated as a public reserve, six pocket parks and a road network.

Councillor Patricia Phelan spoke in favour of the subdivision at the special meeting of council and described it as a “very well thought out” plan.

Councillor Katy Mair spoke against the development and asked why two thirds of the site needed to be developed while councillor Nicholas Pazolli asked if more trees could be retained on the site as 115 of the 212 would be kept.

The motion was approved 11 votes to one with Cr Mair being the only councillor to vote against it.