Claremont Council wrap: full and empty nesters top decisions

Town of Claremont Mayor Jock Barker.
Town of Claremont Mayor Jock Barker.

AT the July 3 meeting, Claremont Council agreed to:

– BUILD floating nesting sites for waterbirds as part of the adopted 2018-19 operational plan for Lake Claremont.

A report said branches 10mm to 30mm thick and up to 2.5m long would be collected and stockpiled to create islands, on which the birds could safely nest in the shallow lake.

The islands would stop competition for nests and fledglings would be protected because they were surrounded by water.

– APPROVE a draft concept master plan for the development of the Curtin Care Wearne Hostel in Cottesloe.

The plan has been created after community consultation for several years, and allows for more residential and nursing aged care at the Gibney Street, Cottesloe site co-owned by Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park and Peppermint Grove councils.

All of any development application will have to be agreed to by the four councils before it is sent to a development assessment panel.

– GIVE the owners of a Renown Avenue home have a $5000 Mike Balfe Heritage Maintenance Grant.

A report said $18,420 was requested by the owners to improve their heritage-listed home to its 1929-built features, including tuck pointing and limestone footings.

However, councillors agreed on the lower amount because it was the maximum allowed in the grants named after a former councillor who was a supporter of heritage homes.

– ALLOW the owners of a heritage-listed Claremont Crescent, Swanbourne home to get a $5000 Mike Balfe Heritage Maintenance Grant to replace six timber window frames.

Councillors agreed the proposed work, costing an estimated $14,558 at the 1904-built bungalow, complied with the council’s policies supporting heritage architecture.