Gift moves Fortview oval sale closer

Christ Church Grammar School is a step closer to selling off its 8ha of playing fields in Fortview Road, Mt Claremont, for housing after it was effectively gifted a contaminated tip. This week, State Lands Minister Tony Buti confirmed he had approved the transfer of the 16.3ha tip site in Brockway Road so that Christ Church could expand its neighbouring playing fields at St John’s Wood. The deal is a vital step in the college’s plans to contro- versially sell off its old ovals for housing. “The land is being trans- ferred under Section 75 of the Land Administration Act 1997 at nominal value to recognise the restricted use condition of recreation and the community benefits,” a spokesman for Mr Buti said.

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A Cottesloe woman spent five fruitless hours wading through household garbage to try to find family jewellery she had put in the bin.  “She was knee-deep in general waste: she wasn’t scared of get- ting dirty,” Western etropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) opera- tions manager Peter Engel told a meeting last Thursday night. He said the woman went to the Brockway Road recycling centre in Shenton Park the day before, seeking help.  “She placed the family jew- ellery in her waste bin ... and wanted our help to find it,” Mr Engel said. “We identified where the load must be ... and decided to help. “We equipped her with PPE.” Workers emptied the truck on the floor before the woman searched the waste.“We tried our best (to help); unfortunately the search was not successful,” Mr Engel said. “She was very appreciative of our efforts.”The woman told the POST she did not want to be identified. “I’m devastated, obviously,” she said.

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