Bassendean resident representatives make emails public

Last week, three emails from three residents were posted verbatim to Facebook page Bassendean Forum, with the most recent going up on April 20, gathering likes and shares from page members.

In each email, authors Kathryn Hamilton, Joyce Tasma and Moss Johnson expressed that 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 that 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.”

Mr Johnson 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 agreed with Mr Johnson and asked that her objections be recorded.

“I feel our concerns are not being listened to by representatives of the stakeholders group,” she wrote.

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

“I am particularly disappointed 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.

LandCorp chief operations officer Dean Mudford said the agency had taken concerns of Community Working Group members on board.

“Feedback has been received from members of the Community Working Group including from Kathryn, Moss and Joyce, and this has been acknowledged via email,” he said.

“We have responded to their concerns and have incorporated the necessary changes into a second draft and included a time extension for members to further review the draft report.”

Mr Mudford said the final report would be published next week.