Kalamunda Aldi plan goes to Shire vote


The site for the proposed Aldi store. Picture: David Baylis     d455523
The site for the proposed Aldi store. Picture: David Baylis d455523

KALAMUNDA Shire Council will consider an application for an Aldi store on the corner of Mead and Central roads in Kalamunda.

The application will go to the council for a vote on June 27 after it was considered at the council’s development and infrastructure committee meeting on June 13.

If approved, as recommended by council officers, the development would be built over three lots, which will also give 151 parking bays for shoppers. The applicant would develop a construction management plan in coming months.

Being served by the public transport of bus routes 281, 282, 283, 291, 295, 296, 297 and 299, which connect to Maddington shopping centre, Midland train station and Elizabeth Quay bus station, the store will have great accessibility for shoppers without vehicles.

Kalamunda Shire President Andrew Waddell said the store would offer job opportunities for people living in the shire.

The store is not expected to open until 2018. Most Aldi stores trade seven days a week.

Council planners noted that the impact on surrounding roads with traffic for the store was expected to be within the judged threshold for the area.

The application was approved on the condition that the existing buildings were demolished and that the shire leased land to the applicant for the use of the road reserve for parking for the next 25 years.

Cr Waddell said the proposal was for a modern, two-storey commercial building.

“It would also help the weekend markets quite a bit as they always need extra parking spaces when the markets are on,” he said.

Details of the proposal can be viewed online in the Kalamunda Shire website.