Bassendean Mayor John Gangell’s integrity called into question over LandCorp development


Buildings near 78 Old Perth Road in Bassendean. Picture: David Baylis       d452766
Buildings near 78 Old Perth Road in Bassendean. Picture: David Baylis       d452766

More than 1350 Bassendean residents signed a petition, which was submitted to the council in March, demanding a meeting to discuss the development process and plans.

Attended by Town councillors and staff, LandCorp representatives, and more than 100 residents, the meeting lasted three hours as bewildered residents sought clarification and shared their views on the process.

Repeated sentiments that the public green space should be retained at all costs were met with applause from attendees.

It was also suggested several times that there be no high-density developments on the 11ha near the Bassendean Oval and BIC Reserve earmarked for the development.

Cr Gangell took the brunt of the residents’ fury, with suggestions he was not representing the community’s best interests.

Resident Warren Wright accused the mayor of exploiting his casting vote to push a high-density agenda.

Another resident accused him of hating Bassendean.

“Why do you hate Bassendean? Why do you want to destroy it?” a resident said.

Cr Gangell refuted the claims, explaining that a motion to pursue the development process was carried by a majority vote, not by his casting vote as mayor.

He said he was proud to serve his community.

Motions to keep the option on the table that no developments happen on public open space, an extension on the community consultation process by eight weeks and lifting a ‘gag order’ on two councillors on the Community Working Group were passed by electors.

The motions will be put to councillors at the next general meeting.

Opinion page 10.