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Carousel eatery taken to the cleaners.

Urban Turban cockroach conviction

CHRIS THOMSON

The Urban Turban Indian eatery at the Westfield Carousel shopping mall in Cannington has been fined $54,000 and ordered to pay $14,000 court costs after being convicted of a raft of hygiene offences including failing to eradicate, and prevent harbourage of, cockroaches.

Online today, the Department of Health published details of the conviction, brought to court by the City of Canning.

Urban Turban Australia Pty Ltd was zapped $54,000 for offences on April 3, April 14, April 29, May 7 and May 26 in 2014.

Offences included failure to protect food from contamination, to provide easily-accessible hand washing facilities, to provide soap near each hand-washing facility, and to ensure that hand-washing facilities were only used for washing hands, arms and faces.

“Visible matter” had also accumulated in the eatery, and the premises had unclean and poorly repaired equipment and fittings.

The kicker at the end of the offence list was: “failure to eradicate and prevent harbourage of cockroaches”.

Urban Turban was convicted last Wednesday, on May 4.

Urban Turban Carousel was given a makeover in 2012.

Photo: ‘Alpha’, Wikimedia Commons

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Controversial Queens Park venue battles to remain a community hub.

Kebab shop cops the lot

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: A controversial kebab shop that’s become a Queens Park social hub has earned the ire of 32 objectors.

After a complaint was made about noise, odour and operating hours of the Hamza Cafe on Wharf Street, Canning council investigated.

Members of the Spanos family, who own the kebab shop, subsequently applied for retrospective planning approval to run a cafe from the premises.

The Spanoses originally asked the council to approve a 24/7 operation, but have since cut back their requested hours to between 11am and 10pm, seven days a week.

Objectors have complained about a perceived increase in anti-social behaviour, cooking odour and light pollution from the cafe, the coming and going of vehicles and associated noise, and the large number of customers smoking shisha hookah pipes.

One objector, from 1/341 Wharf Street that Queens Park does “not need a 24/7 restaurant”, and the cafe should go “back to being a deli”.

[It’s] more a place where they go and sit outside and smoke big pipes,” the objector continued.

“It stinks.

“Don’t bring Queens Park down by allowing this.”

Another objector, also of 1/341 Wharf Street, claims that “parking is a problem, with cars parked on the footpath some nights”.

“We are not in Darling Harbour or South Bank,” the objector observes.

“What requirement is there for a 24/7 restaurant in Queens Park: it’s not a tourist or night life area.”

To those complaints, the Spanoses have responded that they’ve submitted revised trading hours, already have a tobacco sellers licence, the existing 28 car bays at the shops are adequate, and they are unaware of any ongoing illegal parking.

In a briefing note to her political masters, Canning council planner Amber Currie says the state Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Branch has visited the cafe and issued a warning relating to persons smoking in an enclosed public space.

The Spanoses have lodged a submission of support signed by 231 of their customers.

Ms Currie has recommended that Canning city councillors retrospectively approve the Hamza Cafe’s planned 11am to 10pm operations when the councillors next meet on May 3.

Photo: From the Spanoses’ planning application, lodged by Altus Planning & Appeals.

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Subiaco supermarket fined $12,000.

Farmer Jack’s done for health breach

CHRIS THOMSON

The Farmer Jack’s supermarket in Subiaco has been fined $12,000 for a string of health and hygiene offences.

A Department of Health notification reveals that supermarket owner Dallying Pty Ltd will have to pay after City of Subiaco health inspectors discovered the supermarket had failed to meet use-by-date and food labelling standards.

Farmer Jack’s offered food for sale after its use-by-date, and was also found to have failed to keep its premises to a standard of cleanliness, and to ensure its fixtures, fittings and equipment were clean.

The offences occurred on April 1, 2015 and December 11, 2014.

Farmer Jack’s, at Crossways Shopping Centre on the corner of Rokeby Road and Bagot Road, is somewhat of a Subiaco institution.

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Officials refuse to subsidise pasta diversification plan of Australia's oldest media company.

Thumbs down for Fairfax noodle market

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: The noodle diversification plan of embattled media giant Fairfax has taken a hit with City of Perth officials recommending their political masters refuse a $50,000 handout, and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority declining another sponsorship request flat out.

Fairfax Media wants to shift its night noodle markets from Northbridge to Elizabeth Quay, and has asked Perth council for a $50,000 grant to do so.

The noodle markets rolled into Perth for the first time last year, with a $50,000 cash handout from the council.

The markets attracted coverage from Fairfax’s arch rivals Channel 7, the Sunday Times, and the West Australian but not from oneperth.com.au which had earlier revealed the noodles were coming to town.

This year Fairfax plans to boil its noodles at Elizabeth Quay from March 30 to April 10.

In its funding application, Fairfax said the markets would cost $518,788 to put on.

oneperth.com.au can reveal the company has also been knocked back by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority which is scrambling to complete Elizabeth Quay by its scheduled opening day of January 29.

The MRA refused cash and in-kind support for the noodles on the basis that Fairfax is a commercial venture.

Fairfax has told the council that if it fails to secure sponsorship from the city it will explore all possible revenue streams to enable the noodles to proceed.

The council’s marketing committee is scheduled to consider the officials’ recommended refusal on January 19.

Fairfax is Australia’s oldest media company. It first hit the skids in the early 1990s when MBA graduate Warwick Fairfax, then aged 30, took the reins and the company collapsed. Fairfax made a minor comeback, but was slow to adapt to the internet age. A former editor of the company’s Sydney Morning Herald has observed the firm’s four major newspapers are rapidly growing broke.

In Western Australia, Fairfax juggles its emerging noodle interests with the operation of 6PR, 96FM, The Australian Financial Review, and a ragbag of websites and country newspapers.

Noodle photo: Uwe Aranas, Wikimedia Commons

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Sir Charles Gairdner eatery not up to minimum health standard.

Hospital cafe fined for hygiene breach

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: A cafe at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital that is advertised on a Department of Health website has been fined $24,000 for a hygiene breach and failing to keep its premises and equipment in a good state of repair.

Solquest Nominees Pty Ltd, the operator of Charlie’s Garden Coffee Lounge, was last week convicted of failing to maintain the cafe to a standard of cleanliness where there was no accumulation of food waste, dirt and grease.

The company was also convicted of failing to maintain Charlie’s and its equipment in a good state of repair.

Solquest was fined $24,000 and ordered to pay costs of $4102.30 for the offences which date back to December 11, 2014.

The charges were brought to court by the City of Nedlands, and brought to public attention today by the Department of Health which also advertises Charlie’s on one of its websites.

The cafe is on the ground floor of E Block at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Photograph by ‘Gnangarra’, commons.wikimedia.org under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia licence.

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Local Perth pollie wants $200 freebie banned for spouses of her colleagues and senior advisors.

‘No Christmas hamper for you!’

CHRIS THOMSON

A brand new city councillor has moved that a $200 Christmas hamper provided for some years to her colleagues’ and senior advisors’ spouses be cancelled forthwith.

On October 17, City of Bayswater councillor Catherine Ehrhardt rolled sitting mayor Sylvan Albert to be elected to the council’s South Ward.

Now, Cr Ehrhardt (pictured) wants to roll the $200 spent each year on hampers for spouses of the council’s 11 elected officials and its five most senior bureaucrats.

Cr Ehrardt wants the $3200 returned back to the city’s general budget so it can be spent on something else.

“It has been a practice of the city for some time to provide Christmas hampers to the spouses and partners of councillors and directors as appreciation of the support of those spouses and partners during the year,” Cr Ehrhardt explains in a briefing paper seen by oneperth.com.au.

“The city does not have an unfettered power to spend money from the municipal fund.

“Section 6.2 of the Local Government Act 1995 states that ‘money held in the municipal fund may be applied towards the performance of the functions and the exercise of the powers conferred on the local government by this Act or any other written law’.”

Council staff have admitted there are no clearly defined boundaries in the Act in relation to gifts to partners and spouses.

However, the staff have sought clarification on the provisions of gifts to councillors and partners or spouses.

“The advice indicated that the giving of a Christmas hamper to a partner or spouse of a councillor is not prohibited by … the Local Government Act …,” the officials have advised.

“However, the broader issue is whether the provision of the gift would meet the reasonableness test, taking into account the amount of the benefit received and how it would be considered objectively by a person or body as being unreasonable, whilst taking into consideration the significant community contributions made by councillors, the long hours involved and the time necessarily spent on council business away from home and family; and the generally accepted practices, across public and private sectors, of recognising the support and contributions made by partners and spouses in this context.”

Cr Ehrhardt’s Christmas hamper ban plan is slated to be debated by Baywater city councillors on December 15.

Christmas hamper photo: Neal Whitehouse Piper, flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-sharealike 2.0 generic licence.

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... ironically in the suburb of Eaton.

Chicken Treat objects to McDonald’s

CHRIS THOMSON

The owner of a Chicken Treat outlet has objected to a planned McDonald’s, ironically in the suburb of Eaton, claiming the eatery will cause “mass extinction” of smaller businesses in the area.

Plans by McDonald’s Australia to erect its latest outlet on Albatross Crescent in the Bunbury suburb of Eaton have been slammed by Adrian Stott who owns a Chicken Treat outlet in the same suburb.

In a letter to Dardanup Shire, Mr Stott says the $2.5 million Maccas should be rejected “as it is not in the best interest of the local community as well as established local business”.

Eaton McDonald'sMr Stott reasons that once the new Eaton-Treendale bridge has been built, the planned McDonald’s will  be just over five minutes away from an existing Maccas in Treendale.

“The population of the Eaton/Millbridge area does not yet support the addition of another very sizeable fast food restaurant nor justify the expansion of the area already dedicated to food/restaurant businesses,” he continues.

“As such, a new McDonald’s in Eaton will not miraculously create new customers and a net increase of consumer consumption.

“In the short time since Hungry Jack’s (HJ’s) opened in June 2015, the Chinese Restaurant at Eaton Fair Shopping Centre seems to only sustain very inconsistent trading hours and many of the other restaurants in the shopping centre have reduced opening hours.”

Mr Stott is one of six objectors to the planned 617sqm McDonald’s. One person supported the pictured eatery.

“Chicken Treat, a local Western Australian company which has operated at Eaton Fair shopping centre for 15 years, has sales reduction over 25% since HJ’s came to Eaton, resulting in financial stress,” Mr Stott adds.

Hungry Jack’s is also a Western Australian company, with its first outlet opening in Innaloo in 1971. The burger chain spread rapidly throughout Australia after that, but its headquarters remains in Osborne Park.

“McDonald’s would likely compound distress in the Eaton food/restaurant sector, leading to mass extinction of smaller businesses …,” Mr Stott laments.

“As an example of the local employment impact felt by new competition from a large multinational restaurant chain, Chicken Treat Eaton has been forced to reduce staff numbers by over 25% since HJ’s came to Eaton.

“Although they have great financial muscle and influence, McDonald’s should not be granted special permission to develop on a site which is clearly outside the restaurant area of Eaton and originally zoned for other important mixed business usage that the community require such as medical services, financial services, etc.”

The McDonald’s is planned for a block that sits beside the Eaton Tavern and drive-thru Bottlemart bottleshop.

A report by the Shire of Dardanup says the planned Maccas “demonstrates general compliance with the relevant planning instruments” and should be approved.

A state assessment panel is scheduled to decide the fate of the McDonald’s at a meeting at the shire’s offices on December 7.

Pictures: Hindley & Associates Pty Ltd Building Designers

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Fine print no substitute for the truth.

Arnott’s busted over Shapes fat content

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Arnott’s has paid penalties totalling $51,000 after making false representations about the fat content of its Shapes Light & Crispy savoury biscuits.

Between October 2014 and July this year, Arnott’s advertised on the packs of four varieties of Shapes Light & Crispy and a multipack that the biscuits contained “75% less saturated fat” than the company’s original Shapes biscuits, when in fact it contained only 60 per cent less saturated fat.

In making the “75% less saturated fat” claim, Arnott’s was actually comparing its Shapes Light & Crispy product not to original Shapes but to potato chips cooked in 100 per cent palm oil.

This was included in a fine print disclaimer at the bottom of the packs.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims said that even if potato chips had been an appropriate comparison for the saturated fat content of Shapes Light & Crispy, because only about 20 per cent of potato chips sold in Australia are cooked in palm oil, the representation may still have been misleading.

“Consumers should be able to trust the claims that businesses make to sell their products,” Mr Sims said.

“Small print disclaimers cannot correct false or misleading representations which are made in a prominent way in advertising or on packaging.

“Businesses must ensure that any comparison claims they make are accurate and based on meaningful comparisons for consumers. This is particularly the case regarding claims that involve healthier eating.”

Arnott’s has provided a court enforceable undertaking to the ACCC that it will not engage in similar conduct for a period of three years.

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Fast food junkies, start your engines.

Twin Maccas for Kwinana Freeway

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Twin McDonald’s are set to operate around the clock on either side of Kwinana Freeway in the Rockingham suburb of Baldivis.

oneperth.com.au can reveal the 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week, 365-day-a-year juicy double is being planned for a BP service centre which we also first told Perth about back in 2013.

And fast food junkies, start salivating, because twin Red Rooster outlets are also planned for the locale on either side of the freeway.

A potential flying insect in McDonald’s special sauce is that both Maccas are planned to rise on sites that are known breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitos.

The Department of Health has recommended that signs be erected to advise customers of the risk they may be infected with mosquito-borne diseases.

The department has also recommended that all McDonald’s, Red Rooster and BP buildings be fitted with extensive insect screens to protect customers from mosquito bite.

Photo: ‘JKCarl’, Wikimedia Commons

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High profile chef falls foul of the health inspector.

Soda Sunlounge owner fined $35,000

CHRIS THOMSON

The high profile chef who co-owns the Soda Sunlounge eatery at North Beach has been convicted of a raft of hygiene offences and ordered to pay $35,000 after the cafe’s premises, fixtures, fittings and equipment were found to be unclean.

An entry posted last week on the Department of Health’s offenders register reveals that on August 19 Soda Sunlounge co-owner Ben Andrijasevich was convicted of several hygiene breaches detected by City of Stirling inspectors on November 19 last year.

In 2009, Andrijasevich – whose bio says he was head chef for many years at the trendy Balthazar restaurant in central Perth – spun Soda Sunlounge off from his existing Soda Cafe also at North Beach.

Now, he has been fined $35,000 and ordered to pay $2840.30 after Soda Sunlounge was found to have unclean premises, fittings, fixtures and equipment.

Andrijasevich was also convicted of failing to store food so it was protected from the likelihood of contamination, and to take all practicable measures to prevent pests entering Soda Sunlounge.

Photo: ‘AnemoneProjectors (talk) – Project 365 Day 98: Bubbles’, Wikimedia Commons

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Southwest town will never be the same, as Rinehart milkery makes its secretive move.

Gina’s dairyland obscured from public view

CHRIS THOMSON

SEPTEMBER 3 UPDATE: On September 1, a state assessment panel unanimously approved the Bannister Downs expansion plans, after the Shire of Manjimup agreed to withhold information from the public. Manjimup Shire public relations officer Gina Nieuwendyk refused to answer oneperth.com.au questions over precisely what information was withheld, whether any elected officials had a say in the process, whether any of them declared an interest in the project, and whether the shire acknowledged that obscuring the plans from public view was a factor in not one public submission being received on this town-transforming project. Ms Nieuwendyk initially claimed the council was “unable to comment on the basis that this application is part of a statutory process” to be considered by a state planning panel. Soon after the state panel had made its decision, oneperth.com.au relodged its questions with Ms Nieuwendyk. We received nothing from her but stony silence. You can read our unanswered questions here.

EXCLUSIVE: The tiny town of Northcliffe in Southwest WA is in for a big shakeup with a local dairy set to increase its output sixfold, and throw its doors open to busloads of tourists, thanks to a $22 million revamp catalysed by a cashed-up Gina Rinehart and obscured from public view during a recent consultation period.

Mrs Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, bought into Northcliffe’s Bannister Downs dairy in December last year.

Northcliffe, Population 412, sits about 350 kilometres south of Perth, and Bannister Downs is already one of the town’s main employers.

Bannister Downs development plansoneperth.com.au has learned that, if approved by a state assessment panel at a meeting in Manjimup’s shire offices at 2pm on September 1, the $22 million dairy overhaul (pictured) will allow Bannister Downs to operate 24 hours a day.

“We recognise that the new … creamery will have a considerable impact for the town of Northcliffe, bringing in tourists, visitors, workers and new business,” says a Bannister Downs document seen by oneperth.com.au.

“Despite its location, some seven kilometres away from the town centre, the new facility has an important civic role to play in creating a memorable destination for Northcliffe.”

Bannister Downs Northcliffle project plansoneperth.com.au can reveal that the pictured dairy has already received the support of Manjimup shire, after the shire agreed to hide details of the project from public view.

At the request of Bannister Downs, the shire took the unusual step of withholding information on the detailed operation and layout of the planned dairy from the Northcliffe community, in order to maintain the company’s commercial confidentiality.

At the end of a two-week consultation period that was advertised in a regional ‘news’paper, not one objection was lodged on the futuristic concept.

Bannister Downs dairy plans“None of the information that was removed affected the public’s ability to ascertain the type, nature or size of the development proposed,” asserts a shire document seen by oneperth.com.au.

The images, published here for the first time by a news outlet, but drafted for Bannister Downs co-owners Sue and Matt Daubney in May, were marked: “IN CONFIDENCE NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION”.

Bannister Downs was founded by the locally-prominent Daubney family in 1924.

Marketing itself as “global leaders in ethical dairy”, the company specialises in high-end milk products now available throughout metropolitan Perth.

Bannister Downs development plansThe farm has reached its production limit of 5 million litres a year, and Bannister Downs wants to increase that sixfold, to 30 million litres.

A new dairy, milk production plant, 56-seat public café, offices and 59 car bays are on the cards in and around a 5000sqm, two-floor building.

Also planned are an automated milking rotary that’s capable of handling a herd of 500 cows.

Bannister Downs has told the shire it intends to keep focusing on the production of fresh milk and related products, including flavoured milk and cream.

The dairy says that making the plant accessible to the public will promote “the corporate image of Bannister Downs as a sustainable and innovative company”.

Images: Bosske Architecture, Mt Lawley.

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Defunct Kentucky opposite Hyde Park Hotel to become six-floor apartment block.

Another KFC bites the dust

CHRIS THOMSON

Fresh from reports here that a Puma fuel station is being slated for a defunct KFC near Fremantle, a clucked-out Kentucky opposite the Hyde Park Hotel is set to become a six-floor apartment block.

If eventually approved, by a state assessment panel, the pictured apartment block will rise at the corner of Fitzgerald and Bulwer streets, after the pictured KFC structure has been demolished.

buildingThe 37-apartment project is the brainchild of Burswood-based Builton Projects which specialises in residential and commercial construction.

A couple of tall artworks are planned for the structure.

Builton claims the design of the building itself has been influenced by the art of Oscar-winning Perth illustrator Shaun Tan.

 

 

roof gardenIncluded in the plans are a communal roof garden (also pictured) with views of the back of the Perth CBD, and on the building’s ground floor, 88sqm of office space, 121sqm of retail floorspace, and 81sqm for a food and beverage outlet.

You can comment on Builton’s KFC replacement project until August 31.

Images from Builton’s development application, as submitted by Planning Solutions.

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Perth's ill to give the jelly and ice cream a score, MasterChef style.

Patients to rate hospital dishes

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Patients at Fremantle, Royal Perth, Sir Charles Gairdner, King Edward Memorial and Rockingham General hospitals will get to rate their food, MasterChef style.

Health Minister Kim Hames said patients and hospital staff will soon be able to rate their dishes and give them a score.

Dr Hames said food quality and taste would be evaluated regularly, and unpopular meal options replaced at the five Perth hospitals.

“If you’re unwell, you don’t want a bland or unpalatable meal in front of you,” Dr Hames said.

“Hospital food has quite rightly in many cases earned its bad reputation but it doesn’t have to be like that.

“Our public hospital catering services have a budget and different consumer tastes to navigate just like a restaurant, so a large range of menu options has been developed for each hospital to choose from, allowing them flexibility for the first time.

“If a dish is not receiving good reviews or people are not ordering it, that item will be removed from the menu and replaced with a different dish, just as you would expect at a restaurant.”

Photo: ‘Mattes’, Wikimedia Commons

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McDonalds Applecross

Applecross McDonald’s rejected

CHRIS THOMSON

JUNE 12 UPDATE: AFTER SIX APPLECROSS LOCALS SPOKE AGAINST THE PLANNED MACCAS, A STATE ASSESSMENT PANEL TODAY UNANIMOUSLY REJECTED IT. MCDONALD’S IS NOW ABLE TO APPEAL THE PANEL’S DECISION.

EXCLUSIVE: A 24/7 double-storey Maccasaurus planned for the poshest suburb south of the Swan has been recommended for refusal.

The pictured $4.6 million, 24/7, McDonald’s is being mooted for the northwest corner of Canning Highway and Reynolds Road to replace an existing Maccas at the northwest corner of the highway and Sleat Road.

Applecross McDonald's

The Sleat Road block is about to be redeveloped, which will leave Ronald McDonald’s size 23 slippers with no toehold in the nouveau-riche brick and tile suburb of Applecross.

One fly in the special sauce for the new Applecross Maccas is that six locals have objected. One objector says the 24/7 operation will encourage anti-social behaviour in the leafy locale.

However, McDonald’s says it is “confident that a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week restaurant will help create a better environment by providing constant surveillance of the surrounding area and immediately reporting any anti-social or illegal activities”.

McDonalds ApplecrossThe City of Melville has recommended the Maccas be refused by a state assessment panel when the panel next meets on June 12.

The Reynolds Road site is currently occupied by a vacant building which was most recently an anti-snoring clinic.

Maccas has had a bit of a rough trot of late, with its planned outlet at Harrisdale in Perth’s eastern suburbs being kicked to the kerb by a state assessment panel in March. McDonald’s plans to appeal that decision in the State Administrative Tribunal.

Renders of planned Applecross McDonald’s: Hindley & Associates Pty Ltd

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