Bassendean residents pushing for ‘no development’ in town centre over concerns of misrepresentation on working group

Bassendean residents pushing for ‘no development’ in town centre over concerns of misrepresentation on working group

SEVERAL Bassendean residents pushed for “no development” at the town centre at a council meeting on Tuesday.

Community Working Group members said they were concerned their opinions were not be reflected in LandCorp’s development plans for Bassendean oval, BIC Reserve and the Wilson Street carpark.

The group, compromised of 31 Bassendean residents, worked with the Project Steering Group, which had four Town and four LandCorp representatives, through a community consultation process.

Chief executive officer Bob Jarvis said LandCorp could consider the option for no development.

Working group member Kathryn Hamilton said the council should “disband” the group.

“The actual format, I feel it to be a bit undemocratic because members are self-nominated and not elected,” she said.

“If you have self-nominated people, you are going to have certain agendas.”

Member Joyce Tasma said the group’s opinions were not considered during community consultation.

“Our opinions have not been taken on board…it has only ever been what LandCorp have come up with,” she said.

Fellow member Anni Macbeth said she believed the majority of people in Bassendean did not approve of the plans.

Resident Carol Siedel said Bassendean needed to keep its green open space.

“The community seemed quite happy to accept that high rise buildings are to be built,” she said.

“But there are major problems in high density areas where people need places to go to for activities and exercise.”

Mayor John Gangell said a community workshop yesterday would narrow down the options, feasibilities and costs.

“Once we have an outcome…the steering group will meet again and come up with more options to present through community consultation,” he said.

Council decided to extend the public consultation period to six months.