Go-ahead a long way off

The proposed development of about 11ha of land has been a hot issue for Bassendean residents.

About 200 people gathered at the Bassendean Lawn Bowls Club on January 19 with concerns and questions about the process.

Mr Kelly attended the briefing hosted by LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra with Surrey Street resident Sally Cawley on Friday, January 22.

Mr Kelly said he left the meeting confident that the project “had a long way to go before it would get the green light”.

“Given people are now engaged in the project I think the final outcome will be one the community either supports or it won’t go ahead,” he said.

“But that means people must stay engaged.”

Mr Kelly said during the meeting he was told the development would not go ahead unless LandCorp, Town of Bassendean and the Swan Districts Football Club (SDFC) approved it.

“LandCorp said there is a detailed agreement that covers all this detail signed by the Town, the SDFC and LandCorp. I asked them to make that agreement public.

“They undertook to seek the agreement of the Town and SDFC to allow that to happen.”

LandCorp’s general manager metropolitan Susan Oosthuizen confirmed the aim was to make the oval open to the public and to retain as many mature trees as possible.

She said a final development plan needed to be approved by the three key stakeholders then tested for viability.

Mr Kelly said he was assured a consultant was employed to map the trees this month and LandCorp would “endeavour to include as many mature trees as possible”.

“After the survey is concluded there will be community meeting prior to the formulation of a concept plan,” he said. “The concept plan will need to be agreed on later this year by all three parties.

“Anyone can pull out. Therefore, it is not a done deal.”