Australind village plans off the table

Nicolette BarbasBunbury Herald

Construction of a proposed retirement village in Australind will not go ahead following a decision by Harvey Shire Council at its meeting last Tuesday.

The council received documents relating to a State Administrative Tribunal outcome hours before meeting on June 25 with the majority voting to defer the matter to verify those findings.

Based on the application received and subsequent advice, staff recommended refusal of the matter last week.

The council provided strong advice that the proposed design did not meet the definition of a park home back in April.

It was suggested the applicant investigate potential modifications so the park home design would comply with regulations.

Design modifications were received, however further legal advice did not support the proposed designs as the trailer component would not be permanently affixed to the park homes.

A mutual decision was made by the council that the information provided by Eden Life conflicted with both the tribunal decision and the legal advice that was sought.

Eden Life CEO William Marshall said the council’s decision was disappointing and frustrating.

“Despite having met and exceeded all of the requirements of the required legislation, including planning, Harvey Shire Council have decided not to continue to support this much needed development citing concerns about an unrelated SAT matter,” Mr Marshall said.

“We will continue to support our clients knowing that the council’s decision will impact on the timing to deliver much needed affordable housing for seniors for the community of Australind and the greater surrounding area.”

Cr Craig Carbone suggested the building company take their proposal back to SAT for a renewal.

“I think this matter needs to go back to the umpire (SAT) before council make any further decisions that could potentially put our town at risk,” Cr Carbone said.

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