Shire approves rezoning for future funeral parlour

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett
Camera IconDardanup shire president Mick Bennett Credit: Aaron Corlett

Dardanup shire councillors have voted to approve the rezoning of a lot in Waterloo for a future William Barrett and Sons’ funeral parlour.

Several residents from the area had voiced objections to the proposal at 231 Hynes Road prior to Wednesday’s meeting, however councillors voted in favour of the proposal which had been recommended for approval by council staff.

Shire president Mick Bennett said councillors had examined the proposal carefully since it was first presented at the start of the year.

Many of the concerns raised focused on the increased flow of traffic through the area.

Cr Bennett said he did not expect it to be an issue as the concerns had been addressed.

“The intersection has been improved at Hynes Road and it is much safer than before,” he said.

“A lot of the people are east of the development and I’d expect 90 per cent of the vehicles would travel west from the development.”

“The next phase will be a development application, which will also have conditions placed on it to alleviate some of the concerns of the local residents.”

William Barrett and Sons’ funeral director Adrian Barrett said providing another funeral venue option for the people in the South West was important.

“People in the Bunbury region have suffered a bit from the lack of a larger venue for bigger funerals,” he said.

“Within the Waterloo area there are other developments proposed further down the track and it seemed like a good spot.”

A plan for the 10ha will now be worked on to present to the WA Planning Commission.

It will consist of a chapel for funerals and wakes with no plans for a mortuary facility.

“Now that we’ve got approval we can start consulting with the community through the planning stage,” Mr Barrett said.

“We think it should be an asset to the local community rather than something it wishes wasn’t there.”

“There is plenty of land to build a nice facility that is reflective of the area.”

Cr Bennett said it would likely be at least two years until the parlour would be operational.

“That’s if the proponent wants to get on with it straight away,” he said. “I just hope people come to terms with the fact that is just a very small development.”

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