CITY of Bayswater councillors have approved a counter-offer to buy Carter’s wetlands for $500,000 more than the original $3 million in a confidential urgent item.
Bayswater chief executive Andrew Brian said the extra money would come from the City’s public open space cash-in-lieu fund and the original amount of $3 million was a “proposed” figure.
“The counter-offer is now back with them (Carter family) and I will be meeting with them to negotiate in the coming weeks,” he said.
Mr Brian said the item was discussed behind closed doors because it involved individual financial details.
“It was brought up as an urgent item because we needed to finalise the funding agreement with the State Government for the $1.5 million to sign off on those agreements,” he said.
“We needed to bring all the timelines together; that is why it came in late.”
No Houses in Wetlands member Deborah Bowie said ratepayers were not happy about the higher price and felt they were being “kept in the dark” about the negotiations.
“The extra $500,000 being added to the offer is ratepayers’ money; we don’t know what the secret deal was between the Carters and D’Orazios about the cul-de-sacs,” she said.
“We would like the process to be more open and transparent to include the many people who are interested in what is going on down there.
“We are being kept in the dark here.”
Council will discuss modifications required to the Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment for Carter’s wetlands at tonight’s planning and development committee.
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