Observation City makeover opposed

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


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So why would the State Government and the council out at Scarborough Beach look into the second Casino proposal, there is a mega strip of beach there that could be made into a line of tourist Hotels and Casino's and create a mini strip that would have many of Asia's high rollers coming into perth and creating a huge amount of jobs and investment into WA. It also isolates the casino's to one of two area's. It achieves the objective of having two, the one we have is nowhere near big enough to cater for public demand already. There is a huge need for increased hotel space and the original vision for building the monolith out there was that it would end up sort of like the gold coast. Casino's catering to the tourist dollar would create all of this. On top of that the social problems generated through gambling can be dealt with by increased councilling services etc that are funded from increased gaming revenue to the State governement.

Why should it be the responsibility of the Rendezvous organisation to supply hotel rooms to the Scarborough beach front or Western Australia? I'm a local rate paying resident of Stirling and want to know why the local council planners recommended approval for the development and when voted for or against at the City of Stirling council meeting held on the 22nd of July a majority of 5 councillors sank it. Ms Lamont is nothing but a bully and railroader with very little foresight. She should treat herself to a day at Scarborough and she'll realise the revitalisation this precinct needs. I put it to the local community of Stirling to ask the question why your elected councillors are putting tourists first before the community in Large???

Scarborough Beach has potential to be a superior public assett. Careful management by the range of stakeholders including the Council, Stirling ratepayers, local businesses and sporting groups could ensure it becomes a tourist icon for present and future generations of beachgoers to enjoy. The spin-off to the local communities will be a vibrant, commercially viable precinct having potential to support employment opportunities via a range of festive retail and cafe/restaurant businesses. Buy one of the many apartments on offer somewhere else and retain this controversial yet iconic building for a much higher and better use. Paul - Joondanna

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