Stirling council wrap; Another billboard approved for Osborne Park

Main Street and Scarborough Beach Road billboards. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Main Street and Scarborough Beach Road billboards. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

A THIRD billboard is being installed on a busy Osborne Park street.

A company called Akerele applied to the City of Stirling to erect a large third party advertising sign at its Main Street property, near the corner of Scarborough Beach Road.

It already has two signs on the corner lot and sought another to face north.

Council rejected the application in November but the landowner appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal and lodged revised plans for a larger sign of 12.6m wide by 5.15m high.

The existing billboards were approved in 2015 after an appeal to the tribunal and mediation, which required creation of public artwork, a drinking fountain, pedestrian seating, free parking and pathways.

A report by the City recommended refusal because it would result in a “proliferation of signage”, the proposed picnic table and bike rack were on the adjacent lot, it was out of character when viewed from Main Street and the sign would be more than twice the size allowed.

Crs Adam Spagnolo and Giovanni Italiano declared an impartial interest as they knew the applicant and voted with council unanimously to grant five-year approval.

Other council decisions from the July meeting:

CITY of Stirling council has approved the rezoning of a Glendalough lot to allow the development of 100 townhouses.

The Rawlins Street site is predominantly open space and is south of the Little Sisters of the Poor aged care facility.

Development will need to retain significant trees on the site and a public open space area.

Stockland is preparing a local development plan for the site and aims to build 100 two to three-storey terraced townhouses.

COUNCIL endorsed its short stay accommodation policy, aimed at addressing the rising popularity of platforms such as Airbnb and Stayz.

After plenty of councillor debate, short stay accommodation was defined as, “A dwelling or part of a dwelling containing rooms to accommodate temporary guests for hire or reward where breakfast may or may not be provided.”

The policy details parking, maximum guest numbers and management plan requirements.

A DIANELLA church has received a six-month lease extension.

A report by the City recommended refusal of Messianic Ministries’ application to continue operating at the Harold Street site because of noise complaints and it was considered to detrimentally impact on the area.

Council approved a six-month lease with conditions limiting operating hours from 7am to 7pm weekdays and 9am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays.

It also waived a cash-in-lieu contribution for the 99-bay parking shortfall.