NEARLY 220 people showed their support for a proposed Gnangara retirement village at a special electors’ meeting last Thursday.
The Wanneroo council chamber was at capacity, with about 70 people listening to the broadcast in the Civic Centre foyer.
The meeting was called by Lakelands Country Club, which had its application to build the village east of the golf course rejected by the North-West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel (DAP) earlier this year.
It appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal and following a mediation process, the matter will return to the panel next month.
Club president John Alchin previously told the Times the club wished to present its case to Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and councillors so it gathered the 100 signatures necessary to hold the meeting.
Peter Burke, a club member and managing director of developer Handle Property Group, was the only speaker at the 5pm meeting and allowed 15 minutes to question Mrs Roberts and the six out of 14 councillors in attendance.
Councillors Frank Cvitan and Russell Driver, who are part of the DAP, did not attend.
Governance and legal manager Mustafa Yildiz said the City was “not in a position” to discuss matters being considered by the DAP and Mrs Roberts said several motions submitted in writing had been ruled out of order.
Mr Burke instead asked if the City was aware of the purported merits of the development.
“We are facing a massive shortage of retirement village living specifically in the City of Wanneroo,” he said.
He also questioned how to engage with councillors regarding the “long-term vision” for the site.
Mrs Roberts said councillors were very good at listening to the community.
“Each and every councillor makes a decision on what is put to them (but) this is not a decision of the City, we are not the decision makers,” she said.
“It doesn’t mean we are not interested; we are following it very closely.
“We have been briefed, we have been kept up to date.”
Mr Burke expressed concern that the City could brief councillors but the club could not and moved a motion that councillors and City senior planning staff meet with the delegation of attendees, the club and developers as soon as possible.
This was supported unanimously by attendees and will be presented at the September 13 council meeting.
Mrs Roberts assured the gallery that members were listening and urged them “very strongly” to make a deputation at the DAP meeting.