1500 oppose Bassendean Oval and BIC Reserve development


Greens candidate for Bassendean Sarah Quinton and local resident Kathryn Hamilton present the petition to Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren at Parliament House.
Greens candidate for Bassendean Sarah Quinton and local resident Kathryn Hamilton present the petition to Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren at Parliament House.

A PETITION signed by more than 1500 people to oppose high-density development on Bassendean Oval and the BIC Reserve was tabled in Parliament last week.

The petition was based on the Bassendean Activity Centre proposal by developers LandCorp, which included plans for multi-storey units at Bassendean Oval, the Wilson Street carpark and BIC Reserve.

Town of Bassendean councillors voted to amend the preferred concept plans to exclude BIC Reserve, endorse the Wilson Street site and reconsider developments at Bassendean Oval in September.

Greens South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren said the petition, which had 1512 signatures, garnered a reaction from parliamentary members.

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“It is one of the biggest petitions tabled in the past few weeks. Being over 1500 |people, it does demonstrate an issue is a very serious one,” she said.

Ms MacLaren said tabling the petition in the last days of Parliament was an opportunity for the political party to put it on the record before the state election. Ms MacLaren said there was a need for a more systematic approach to protect areas such as BIC Reserve and encourage high-density development in suitable places.

Bassendean resident Kathryn Hamilton, who organised the petition, said it attracted more signatures compared with a previous petition presented to the Bassendean Mayor in March.

“This leads me to believe that when an opportunity is presented for residents to voice their opinions, a very significant proportion is opposed to the destruction of green space,” she said.

“This community fills me with pride in the way they have presented intelligent resistance to what seemed to be a ‘done deal’ for poor town planning.”

Bassendean Mayor John Gangell and LandCorp did not respond to questions before deadline.