Wanneroo Council considers applications for outdoor bar, restaurant and apartments in Mindarie

Mindarie marina precinct. PIcture: Spookfish
Mindarie marina precinct. PIcture: Spookfish

REPORTS on Wanneroo Council’s first 2019 meeting agenda recommend it conditionally approve plans for an outdoor bar in Mindarie, but refuse a restaurant and apartment block application.

The council is due to consider separate applications for the marina precinct at its February 5 meeting.

One relates to The Boat tavern’s proposed expansion to create an outdoor bar and entertainment area in the existing volleyball court.

It included bouncy castle and a cinema screen with no audio, but during public question time at Tuesday’s council briefing planning advisor Len Kosova said his client wanted to screen films with sound for children.

An artist’s impression of the Lifeboat outdoor bar and entertainment area.

Mr Kosova said the application was lodged 15 months ago and the applicant, FJM Property, originally planned to open the venue ahead of the 2018-19 summer holidays.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was perplexed that it would be showing silent movies as she was not sure they would grab children’s attention for long.

“That was one of the original things conceded to get timely approval,” Mr Kosova said.

He said they looked at having silent movies with headphones but it became too expensive and posed safety risks.

Given the time taken, Mr Kosova said they wanted to revert to the original plans to have speakers playing the soundtracks to movies screening for children.

The council report said the City received 187 submissions during public consultation, with most supporting the proposal and six objecting to it.

The report said objectors raised concerns about parking and there was already a shortfall of 133 car parking bays, so the addition would create a 209 bay shortfall.

“Parking is an issue that does always raise its head in this area,” the City’s approval services manager Pas Bracone said, adding one of the conditions required the applicant to provide a parking management plan.

However, Mr Kosova provided aerial photos of the parking lot, which he said was “not just adequate” but “ample and abundant” and “any parking shortfall is more academic than actual”.

The Mindarie parking lot on January 12, 2019. Picture: Drone Image WA

An environmental noise assessment recommended the number of people at the venue, including staff, be restricted to 110 rather than 150.

The other Mindarie report related to Exceptional Adesign Drafting’s development application for a four-storey apartment block and restaurant at 15 Boston Quays, overlooking the marina.

During public consultation last year, the City received four submissions, all objecting to the plans.

Administration has recommended the council refuse the application because it “does not satisfy the design principles of the R-Codes” nor has it “given sufficient regard to the requirements of Design WA”.

An artist’s impression of the Boston Quays development.