City of Canning rolls out survey to Rossmoyne and Shelley residents about foreshore

Ben Kunze and Patrick Hall sit near the only barbecue and shaded area at the Shelley Foreshore.
City of Canning rolls out survey to Rossmoyne and Shelley residents about foreshore
Ben Kunze and Patrick Hall sit near the only barbecue and shaded area at the Shelley Foreshore.

BANNISTER ward councillors Ben Kunze and Patrick Hall have welcomed a City of Canning survey of Rossmoyne and Shelley residents to gauge demand for infrastructure at Shelley Beach foreshore.

The official mail drop comes after some residents reported anonymous flyers had been left in letterboxes in Shelley and Rossmoyne and a subsequent Facebook page titled Save Shelley Beach Park incorrectly saying a cafe was proposed.

The flyers direct residents to contact the Riverton, Rossmoyne, Shelley Ratepayers Association (RRSRA) – an unsolicited move according to RRSRA president Caroline Dunsire.

“The association is not associated with the flyers and does not have a position on the future of Shelley at this time,” Mrs Dunsire said.

Cr Kunze said he was concerned the group would muddy the survey and confuse residents.

He said while he supported people’s right to speak against any potential proposal, he reminded ratepayers there were no plans and it was a suburb-wide survey being conducted.

“At the Australia Day function, I listened to a gentleman telling visitors the City of Canning were going to knock down buildings and concrete an entire section and trees,” he said.

“They said it was a done deal, which is of course not true.”

Cr Hall said he was concerned about the influence an anonymous campaign could have on residents and the successful execution of the legitimate survey.

Cr Kunze said the survey would gauge community opinion about boosting amenities such as shaded areas, more trees, shaded playgrounds and an enterprise such as a cafe.

“The City has written to the residents about the master plan and how they can participate without false information,” he said.