Action on verge ordered

Parent Kim Hogan with upset cadets Renee Kappler, Shelley Kappler, Gabrielle Hogan and Heather Thomas. 398747
Parent Kim Hogan with upset cadets Renee Kappler, Shelley Kappler, Gabrielle Hogan and Heather Thomas. 398747

The decision was made at the March council meeting, where councillors unanimously voted St Columba’s Parish must remove the non-complying verge treatment and reinstate the pre-existing irrigated grass verge.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the parish had been informed of the decision.

She said City officers would meet with representatives from the parish council this month to discuss and agree on a timeframe for the rectification of the verge.

Resident Oliver Crosthwaite said the decision was bittersweet.

‘We are very happy with the councillors’ decision, however people need to be aware of the long and unnecessary fight the community has endured for more than two years,’ he said.

Earlier this year, parish priest Monsignor Brian O’Loughlin said the church was working with the City.

The City held a meeting with the parish in February, however no compromise was reached.

In an email to a resident, Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton said the parish had an obligation to abide by the decision of the council, unless an appeal against their decision was |possible. Bishop Sproxton was contacted for comment but had not responded at the time of going to print .