Swan Valley residents raising money to hire town planner in fight against proposed tavern on West Swan Rd

A GROUP of Swan Valley residents are fighting against plans to build a tavern on West Swan Road and have even set up a GoFundMe page to do it.

Geoff D’Cruz, who lives next door to the proposed tavern, has started the Stop the Tavern group along with a number of other residents.

The group has also set up a GoFundMe page to pay for a professional town planner to assist with its objections to the development.

Mr D’Cruz said the proposed tavern, which would be built on Lots 11 and 22 on West Swan Road, would create noise, traffic and safety concerns.

He said the proposal affected everyone in the area and would set a precedence.

“When I decided to employ a consultant I decided to put my money where my mouth is, but this will affect many people and it’s going to be a large cost, so it would be great if other people could help out,” he said.

“The money will only be used to pay the town planner and any additional funds will be donated to the Native Animal Rescue in Malaga.”

The proposed tavern will be a single storey 677sq m building and will include a 205sq m lounge and bar area, with a 52sq m external bar.

The tavern will be open seven days a week, include a playground and 94 car bays.

Mr D’Cruz said the proposed tavern did not fit with the rural lifestyle and would create antisocial behaviour.

“The greatest concerns I have are security and antisocial behaviour, traffic hazards and light and noise pollution to the immediate and broader neighbourhood,” he said.

The public comment period for the proposal will end tomorrow; to make a submission visit www.swan.wa.gov.au.

For further information or to donate to the cause visit https://www.gofundme.com/4mj6124.

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