Town of Cottesloe still waiting on McCall Centre redevelopment


The State Government wants to rezone the McCall Centre for asset sales.
Town of Cottesloe still waiting on McCall Centre redevelopment
The State Government wants to rezone the McCall Centre for asset sales.

THE Town of Cottesloe has still not heard back from the WA Planning Commission about its request for more time to comment on the proposed rezoning of the historic McCall Centre.

The State Government has earmarked the former telegraph station for development to help pay WA’s $27 billion debt.

In August, Cottesloe councillors baulked at being given just 10 days – until September 2 – to make a preliminary comment to the WAPC about starting the process to rezone the McCall Centre and nearby bush.

They instead agreed initially to advertise the WAPC’s intentions to ratepayers, and for the commission to organise a public information workshop on any change’s implications – including the type of development that could be allowed.

Chief executive Mat Humfrey said the town was still waiting to receive a reply.

He said the council would not consider the rezoning until the WAPC made an official move to change the rezoning in the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS), which sets overall planning across Perth.

The McCall Centre was announced as one of about $5 billion worth of State assets for sale in a bid reduce the growing burden on the State’s coffers 14 months ago.

Last week, Treasurer Mike Nahan announced a slightly lower than expected $27 billion State debt, and a $2.2b deficit in 2015-16.

The Department of Lands has proposed rezoning two lots – one at the centre and another north of it.

A WAPC spokeswoman said a three-month public comment process would start when a formal move was made to change the Metropolitan Region Scheme for rezoning.

Cr Sandra Boulter said it would be better if the council consulted the community earlier, to get more “creative” community input, and before the WAPC requested Planning Minister Donna Faragher advertise any MRS amendment for its public comment.

“For instance, does the WAPC or the Minister know about the ocean to river regional park concept currently being developed, which could be part of this process and produce a win-win outcome?” Cr Boulter said.