Village out of City’s hands

Lakelands Country Club and developer Handle Property Group (HPG) submitted an application in November to create Lakelands Golfview Estate Retirement Village on club-owned land east of the golf course.

The City has received about 20 letters from interested parties, including residents, about the proposal but in a statement said it had no authority to determine the application.

Instead, the North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel will consider the application at a meeting on February 8, which will include Wanneroo councillors Frank Cvitan and Russell Driver.

“City officers will present a report and recommendations on the development to the development assessment panel,” a statement from the City of Wanneroo said.

“In this report, consideration will be given to the zoning of the land, relevant council policy on east Wanneroo, environmental and servicing issues, as well as comments and submissions made by local residents.”

HPG managing director Peter Burke said despite not having a formal role in the process, he believed all councillors should be familiar with the proposal.

“The application is for a development that has significant direct and indirect benefits for the City’s community, both as club members or future residents,” he said.

“I believe it is appropriate for councillors to have a full understanding of the application and to be able to raise any concerns that they may have in regard to the proposal and the City’s recommendation.”

Club president John Alchin said he understood councillors’ hesitancy to become involved in a divisive issue but this application was not one.

“We have had absolutely no opposition to it and there appears to be no reason at all to reject our proposal which ticks all the boxes and, most importantly, it is in the club’s and the wider community’s interests,” he said.

Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles has supported the project and encouraged others to do the same.

“I think it is a fantastic development project that Lakelands Country Club has decided to invest in and I think that all levels of government should get on board,” he said.

Mr Miles said the development would offer community facilities and public spaces, employ 500 people over two to three years and a further 10 permanent staff once built.

“The development will feature high density retirement homes designed to preserve and enhance the environment (and) protect the adjacent wetlands,” he said.

“It will provide local jobs while the project is being constructed.”

Interest in open day

HUNDREDS of people attended an open day held last week regarding the proposal of a Gnangara retirement village.

Lakelands Country Club and developer Handle Property Group hosted the event for the potential Lakelands Golfview Estate Retirement Village.

HPG managing director Peter Burke said about 300 people, including Wanneroo councillor Sabine Winton, visited the club throughout the day to view designs and plans of the village and speak with club and developer representatives.

“In addition to the 300 people that came through, we had 70 expressions of interest (for housing) and received 100 extra signatures on our petition,” he said.

“At one time, we had as many as 40 people queued up to talk to us.

“There was not one negative comment.”

Mr Burke said they would plan more open days if their application was approved next week.