THE Carter family has made another offer to sell a wetland at the centre of a development controversy to Bayswater council.
The land on King William Street near the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary was partly cleared in July to give access to a block owned by the D’Orazio family which had been approved for sub-division.
After community outcry Bayswater councillors resolved to try to purchase the Carter land to save the remaining wetlands and rehabilitate the parts that had been cleared.
The potential purchase is up for debate at the November 15 council meeting after the family put forward an offer. The council has called for its own valuation and will compare the two before making a decision, although the offer only stands until November 18 so there’s not much room for negotiation.
Staff warn in a report that if the offer is not accepted, the Carter family may pursue other options such as developing the land, but on the flip side there’s no money in the long-term budget for the purchase.
Maylands’ Labor MP Lisa Baker has called on the state government to stump up cash to contribute to the purchase.
The council will also write to premier Colin Barnett and a raft of departments seeking funds.
If the council purchases the land and preserves the wetland, it could also throw a spanner in the works for the D’Orazio development.
When the WA planning commission approved the sub-division, it recommended no development should occur on the D’Orazio land until the Carter block was cleared because of the potential for bushfires.
Cr Chris Cornish on his blog pondered how this would affect the development: “The WAPC approval is conditional on a bushfire management plan being approved by the local government and/or DFES, yet I am unsure how an approval can be given until lot 14 is cleared for development.”
by DAVID BELL