Hotel plan clear to go ahead

Hotel plan clear to go ahead

Justice Andrew Beech made the ruling against Neil Kidd and about 100 other residents of The Peninsula last Wednesday.

It paves the way for Brookfield Multiplex to begin construction of the 500-room luxury hotel, a decision welcomed by the Tourism Council WA as a boost for tourism jobs and solution to Perth’s hotel shortage.

The Supreme Court ruling dismissed the residents’ appeal that work on the hotel development stop until it went through the development approval process under the general laws of the State and local planning schemes.

Justice Beech said the Crown Towers approval under general applicable planning laws was not necessary because the Burswood site was exempt under the Casino Act.

Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall said it was a major step forward in addressing the hotel shortage, which had been holding back tourism.

He said the six-star hotel would create 500 new jobs in the industry when it opened in 2016 and without it, Perth would not meet the 1900 new hotel rooms needed by 2020.

Last week, Tourism Council WA released Destination Perth, a strategy to double Perth’s visitor economy to $7.1 billion annually and create 11,000 new jobs by 2020.

‘The Supreme Court decision removes the uncertainty surrounding this critical investment in the future of Perth,’ Mr Hall said.

‘Recent research shows the local tourism industry has lost nearly $213 million revenue due to the accommodation shortage in Perth.’