Viewing platform has to go from Lumiere tower site

An artist’s impression of Lumiere on Mill Point Road.
An artist’s impression of Lumiere on Mill Point Road.

SOUTH Perth’s stalled highrise development Lumiere is to lose the on-site viewing platform used to entice prospective apartment buyers.

With the Lumiere case subject to a State Administrative Tribunal hearing in September, the South Perth council last week granted a 12-month extension for a temporary sales office, plus associated signage, car parking and landscaping, to remain at the Mill Point Road development site.

But it ordered the scaffold viewing platform come down within the next few days.

Approval for the sales office ran out last Wednesday and lead architect David Hillam had requested an 18-month extension from the City of South Perth, given the protracted process that has dogged the tower proposal over several years.

“The project is still alive, it’s with the State Administrative Tribunal,” he said.

“From our perspective, it’s a costly exercise to remove the scaffolding tower and re-erect it.”

The council voted in favour of Cr Greg Milner’s suggestion to remove the viewing platform but leave the other elements so the site would not look like a vacant lot.

The one dissenting view came from South Perth deputy mayor Glenn Cridland, who said it was time for the temporary sales office to go as complaints were made about the site.

“Temporary means temporary, otherwise we’re opening the doors to say temporary is forever,” he said.