23/07/2008 - 15:32

Observation City makeover opposed

23/07/2008 - 15:32

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Tourism Western Australia has welcomed a preliminary decision opposing plans to convert Rendezvous Observation City Hotel into residential apartments.

Tourism Western Australia has welcomed a preliminary decision opposing plans to convert Rendezvous Observation City Hotel into residential apartments.


Following the City of Stirling's planning committee meeting last night, Tourism WA chairman Kate Lamont said the
decision was the strongest indication yet that a quality hotel development will remain in Scarborough.

"Western Australia is one step closer to keeping an international hotel which would see Scarborough Beach build on its reputation as an iconic coastal tourism precinct," Ms Lamont said.

"With careful planning, Scarborough Beach could become one of Perth's 'must see' experiences.

"Rendezvous Observation City Hotel is a unique building and a real asset for the community which should remain accessible to the public.

"Though the planning committee passed a motion rejecting the development application, the City of Stirling Council will make its final decision on August 5 and I have strongly recommended it refuses the plans."

Ms Lamont said she was particularly concerned that the proposal had been raised when Perth's hotels were at bursting point.

"Western Australia's hotels are overflowing with corporate and leisure travellers, and this proposal would have seen a loss of 191 hotel rooms," Ms Lamont said.

"There is a shortage of hotels in key tourism areas across the State, and Scarborough is certainly no exception

"The redevelopment of the Scarborough foreshore - with the beachfront, amphitheatre and landscaping - has seen the area evolve into an attractive destination for visitors and residents.

"The conversion of the hotel to residential would severely impact the vibrancy in the area, resulting in a loss of tourism activity for Scarborough and for Perth.

"Tourism WA has never supported the proposal and will continue to oppose it."

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