BULLSBROOK residents have raised the alarm over plans by Shalom House to build a $7.5 million administration hub, cafe, indoor recreation centre and 600-seat auditorium in the rural suburb.
The West Australian Shalom Group has filed a development application for the proposal on Great Northern Highway with the City of Swan.
Residents have taken to Facebook to express their concerns over a range of issues including the possibility of residents of the rehabilitation centre being housed on the property, traffic management, hours of operation, decline of rural amenity and the need to protect western swamp tortoise populations.
Shalom House CEO Peter Lyndon-James responded saying there were no ‘immediate plans’ to house participants in his rehabilitation program as part of the development.
“We are not intending at this stage, or in the near future, to have men housed on the property other than our caretakers,” he said.
“We have no intention of opening housing in Bullsbrook town centre.
“The auditorium that we intend to use will be called a community centre that will be open to the entire public.
“The office side of it will be Shalom’s base for our administration side only, we want our admin out of the Swan Valley.
“We are locked in a battle with the City of Swan at the State Administrative Tribunal over Park Street and Forrest Street with the outcome not expected to be known for three months.
“These are our accommodation sides of Shalom.”
Mr Lyndon-James said more self-funded rehab centres were needed.
“We need places like mine that can help people,” he said.
“Why is there so much hatred towards me when I have laid down my life to help people?”
The application, which will go before the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel, states the primary use of the auditorium is for Shalom Church services on weekends and other Church and WASG related activities.
The most recent Main Roads traffic data of Great Northern Highway from 2015/16 shows the maximum desirable number of vehicle movements per day (vpd) is between 20,000 and 35,000. It currently carries a traffic volume of approximately 16,788vpd.
The auditorium opening hours are proposed for 9.00am to 10.00pm Monday to Thursday, 7.00am to 11.00pm on Friday, 8.00am to 11.00pm on Saturday and 8.00am to 10.00pm on Sunday.
The public can comment until February 27.