By Claire Ottaviano
A BID to purchase land within the Midland Oval redevelopment footprint was rejected by City of Swan Council last month.
Council voted 14/1 to not accept Swan Valley Fresh Markets’ offer to buy four lots near the corner of Morrison Road and Keane Street because any decision would be “premature” before a pending review of the New Junction Implementation Program.
The confidential motion, moved by councillor Rashelle Predovnik, said there were “too many unanswered questions” about the proposed use of the land for council to make an informed decision.
“The contract for sale once accepted, does not allow for the council to consider how it will meet the vision for the site… the contract of sale, which does not include a concept design, once accepted by council, cannot be cancelled,” the motion read.
Cr Predovnik said the door remained open for more discussion with developers.
“Obviously we want to develop Midland Oval – we need to develop the oval – but we also need to be very clear about what is being proposed,” she said.
“Currently there’s a lot of questions surrounding the price; access and planning issues, and a report reviewing the Midland Oval redevelopment is still pending.”
She said the City had sunk millions of ratepayer funds into the precinct.
“As the site is still under our management, it’s not unreasonable for council to want more clarity,” she said.
“It would be good to see some basic visual aids, with enough detail to enthuse council and help us to buy into their vision.”
The motion also said the offer did not support the retention of the Category 3 heritage building at 26 Junction Parade, nor how heritage significance could be incorporated in a new development.
Cr Cate McCullough voted against the rejection with all others for.