Hotel tower plan under scrutiny

Ms MacLaren said it was not too late for the Environmental Protection Authority to assess the proposal, currently the subject of a legal challenge.

‘If Burswood residents are successful in seeking an injunction and ultimately in having the current approval for the Crown Towers Perth hotel thrown out by the Supreme Court, it will provide an opportunity for the development proposal to be assessed by the usual town planning processes, as opposed to decision made solely by the Gaming Minister,’ Ms MacLaren said.

‘If the Supreme Court upholds the plaintiffs’ case, it is opportunity for all relevant agencies to assess this proposed development in a more measured manner, including the EPA.’

Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said in the past, the Town had raised similar concerns about the lack of due diligence in the planning process for the proposal.

‘The development being considered and determined by the Minister for Racing, Gaming and Liquor (with only referral to Department of Planning) under the Burswood Island Agreement Act, has not resulted in the best outcome for the Burswood Station East precinct or for residents of The Peninsula development as many are significantly impacted,’ Cr Vaughan said.

‘The Town was given an opportunity to provide feedback on the development some time ago, however would appreciate further opportunity to be consulted on the environmental assessment of the site.

‘While the land is subject to the Casino (Burswood Island) Agreement Act 1985, which removes it from the Town’s jurisdiction, we feel it is important we are consulted on all aspects of the proposal as the development will affect our residents.’

Ms MacLaren said the previous Environment Minister dismissed calls by residents and herself for the EPA to conduct an environmental assessment on the proposal.

‘This was despite clear grounds to do one, including likely contamination of the Swan River from disturbing the former tip and industrial site, the destruction of bird and aquatic habitats and the susceptibility of the swampy ground to flooding, climate change, foreshore erosion and subsidence and sedimentation,’ she said.

‘The site has now been levelled, displacing and destroying the bird and aquatic life. A key environmental concern ” potential impacts, including on the Swan River, of disturbing toxic material through building works ” remains unexamined.

‘Asbestos has been discovered during road works for a nearby car- park, confirming toxic materials are present.’