Wanneroo: Childcare centre rejection applauded by residents

The design of the proposed childcare centre that was refused.
The design of the proposed childcare centre that was refused.

THE refusal of an application for a childcare centre at this month’s Wanneroo City Council meeting was met with applause from Bamboore Crescent residents.

The proposal was to change a home to a childcare centre catering for a maximum of 30 children and four staff, with 10 parking bays provided on the 827sq m lot.

Several residents used public question time to object to the application, with Pasco Putrino asking whether there was a need for a childcare centre in the area and Lori Munn voicing safety concerns.

“Will the City install speed bumps to ensure the safety of my neighbours?” she said.

Mayor Tracey Roberts told attendees that for clarification, the City’s report recommended refusal of the request.

The report found the proposal did not accommodate a 3m landscaping strip or verge landscaping, the lot size was insufficient, car bays did not meet City standards and it did not comply with road hierarchy requirements.

Councillor Dot Newton moved to endorse the rejection and said she had driven down the street many times.

“I have grave concerns about the traffic impacts on residents,” she said.

Cr Dianne Guise said she agreed with the report’s “strong” reasons for refusal.

“It’s the wrong place and all the reasons outlined in the report stack up as far as I’m concerned,” she said.

“There’s clearly a need (for childcare centres), just not in Bamboore Crescent.”

Councillors unanimously supported the recommendation, which was applauded by residents in the gallery.