Bassendean Resident Representatives Make Emails Public

BASSENDEAN resident representatives in talks with LandCorp over development plans have made public their emails to the agency regarding their concerns with the consultation process.

This week, three emails from three residents were posted verbatim to Facebook page Bassendean Forum, with the most recent going up today and have gathered likes and shares from page members.

In each email, authors Kathryn Hamilton, Joyce Tasma and Moss Johnson expressed they could not support or endorse a draft summary report of meetings between LandCorp and the 31 members of the Community Working Group, which was created to allow residents to have input.

Mr Johnson wrote a limited timeframe stipulated to respond to the draft report was insufficient.

“We have not had enough time to review this document let alone distribute it to our respective community groups and receive worthwhile feedback,” he wrote.

“The document assumes a great deal while presenting ‘options’ that are still incredibly limited in scope, do not reflect the greater discussions we have had at our meetings or with the community as a whole.”

He said being asked to comment on the colour and height of buildings on land that perhaps should not have buildings at all was problematic.

Ms Hamilton said she agreed with Mr Johnson and asked her objections be formally recorded.

“I feel our concerns are not being listened too by representatives of the Stakeholders Group,” she wrote.

Ms Tasma wrote she was “concerned that it doesn’t represent the public consultation that I had expected at these sessions”.

“I am particularly disappointed that there has been no discussion of what the concerns were from a large section of the community and whether the proposed development of this scale is acceptable,” she wrote.

“I take part in this process in the full belief that the process has the integrity to reflect the real feelings of the community with full consultation and adherence to the desires of the majority of the community which ever way that may lead.”

A resident meeting will be held tonight at 7pm at Swan Districts Football Club to discuss the plans.

LandCorp has been contacted for comment.

More to come.