Land gain for retirement village looking to the future

Belgrade Retirement Village want to buy a drainage sump site next door.
Belgrade Retirement Village want to buy a drainage sump site next door.

At the previous week’s council briefing, city businesses acting director Michael Penson said the sale of the sump to the Wanneroo Aged Persons Home Trust was on the understanding that the water be relocated to another existing sump site on Joel Way.

‘There’s an existing sump already just on the other side of the road so the idea is it (the water) would go under the road into that existing sump,’ Mr Penson said.

He said the trust would be responsible for the cost of relocating the sump.

In a deputation given at the June 25 meeting, David Spinks representing the Belgrade Retirement Village said the trust had purchased the land where the sump site now is, along with the land where the Belgrade Retirement Village sits, in 1982, but they donated 1500 sqm back to the City of Wanneroo in 1984.

That land was then used to develop the sump site to collect stormwater from the surrounding roads.

Mr Spinks said the trust, a registered charity, did not have current plans for the sump site, but they were looking to possible expansion of the Belgrade Retirement Village.

‘I know that the land will be used for the benefit of the community,’ he said.

The land was valued at $400,000, but the trust requested the City consider transferring the land at no cost because it will cost them more than $320 to decommission the sump and they are a not-for-profit organisation.

The City approved and will transfer the land after the trust has submitted design and construction drawings and decommissioned the sump. Administration also recommended the trust pay $42,108 in cell contributions, but Councillor Dot Newton moved an amendment to withdraw recommendation.