WOOLWORTHS doesn’t want to pay for public art at its proposed development on the old Bunnings site on Beaufort Street.
The supermarket giant cites a State Administrative Tribunal ruling that could have far-reaching implications for the “per cent for art” schemes across WA.
Woolies’ application states they shouldn’t have to comply with Stirling’s draft local planning policy that “requires development with an estimated construction cost of between $2 million and $50 million to set aside a minimum of one per cent of the estimated construction cost for the provision of public art”.
Similar policies are common across Perth and have paid for artworks like the Big Blue Head (Beseech) outside the Vincent council building.
But Woolies notes that in 2018 the State Administrative Tribunal ruled that BGC didn’t have to install public art at their $5 million asphalt plant in Hazelmere.
The City of Swan policy required them to put in $50,500 for public art, but BGC appealed and won.
The SAT deemed that the public art wouldn’t have much benefit for the small number of workers at the plant.
Woolies’ Inglewood development application states that it’s “inappropriate for the city to impose a condition requiring the provision of public art”.
The supermarket giant say the building will be aesthetically pleasing and “the proposal does not cause any adverse visual amenity impact,” and that “there is no connection between the proposed development and the need to provide public art.”
“As there is no visual impact to ameliorate, there is no requirement for public art to be provided”.
by DAVID BELL
Have your say
COMMUNITY consultation is open on Woolworths’ proposed mega-development at the old Bunnings site in Inglewood.
The supermarket giant is proposing a 13.25m high “art deco” style building with basement and ground floor car parks, a supermarket and liquor store on the first floor, offices on the mezzanine, and a cafe on the strip. Comment is open until February 7 at http://www.yoursay.stirling.wa.gov.au (click on the “development applications” section).
The Development Assessment Panel, made up of three state government-appointed experts and two Stirling councillors, will have the final say on Woolies’ application.