Batavia Motor Inn stoush between developer and state government leaves itinerant residents in limbo


The house owners of Geraldton’s derelict Batavia Motor Inn internet site want its itinerant people evicted inspite of possessing not still formulated a approach for redevelopment.

Involving 30 and 60 people typically keep at the former lodging website at any just one time, including prolonged time period citizens and many others who use it for short phrase accommodation although viewing the regional centre.

Previous thirty day period a person was seriously assaulted at the premises.

The incident prompted Geraldton Mayor and website neighbour Shane Van Styn to desire the structures be torn down, citing standard drug and liquor use as perfectly as fighting. 

Although owners 54 Fitzgerald Pty Ltd declined an ABC request for interview they did provide a letter dated April 25 dealt with to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton and signed by company administrators Joe Scaffidi, Anthony Scaffidi and Michael O’Sullivan.  

The City of Higher Geraldton (CCG), WA’s Department of Communities, police and neighbours experienced been copied in on the correspondence.

The letter disclosed the company had proposed a approach for the website, referred to as Civic Heart,  which had been turned down by the CCG.

CGG CEO Ross McKim said the proposal outlined a system for the nearby authorities to move its administrative operations to the place as a foundation tenant. 

In the letter, 54 Fitzgerald Pty Ltd asked for Ms Dalton converse to the pertinent point out govt ministers and begin evicting people of the internet site since it supposed to “robustly re-fence the web site in the coming months” in preparation for any foreseeable future development.

Man lies on stretcher surrounded by ambulance officers and police
Crisis solutions dealt with a male at the web-site this week after an alleged assault. (Equipped)

Accountability back on house owners

Ms Dalton claimed a assortment of point out-run and not-for-financial gain providers ended up operating together to assist people living at or checking out the web page. 

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