Fighting SAT and JDAP decisions proves costly for City of Kalamunda in 2017

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CITY of Kalamunda has spent more than $60,000 this year fighting cases in the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

During the 2017 calendar year, the City has been involved in six SAT matters and three Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) applications, and has been subject to total costs of $63,637.96 and $6,621.80 respectively during this period.

This review into spending on SAT and JDAP matters identified two SAT matters where councillors had ignored officer recommendations to approve the applications.

This includes a retrospective application for an outbuilding and retaining wall in Lesmurdie and a mobile phone tower in Wattle Grove, both of which are still subject to SAT proceedings.

The most expensive SAT case this year involves a child care premise on Coolinga Road in Lesmurdie which has cost nearly $50,000.

Councillors refused the application at its ordinary council meeting on May 22; a review was heard in August and a decision is pending.

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