Demand for oval to be preserved

A petition, created by concerned residents and circulated within the past few weeks, had 1355 signatures.

The preservation of green and public open space has been a big concern for many residents since the proposed redevelopment of 11ha of land in Bassendean was announced in November last year.

A LandCorp-run community forum in February revealed it was an issue at the forefront of residents’ minds

The land earmarked encapsulates space around Bassendean Oval and includes BIC Reserve, sparking fears that high rises could replace parkland.

Parents of St Michael’s School students were also alarmed as the school uses BIC Reserve as its oval for play space.

The petition asked the Town to “preserve our green spaces in their entirety at the Bassendean Improvement Committee (BIC) Reserve and Steel Blue Oval” and “implement a six-month period of intensive community planning workshops and consultations to investigate ways to facilitate the upgrade of Swan District Football Club buildings and adjoining car park without negatively impacting on green spaces.” It was handed in to the Town at the March 22 council meeting.

Organiser Kathryn Hamilton said it was believed to be one of the biggest petitions collected in the area.