Protest pickets polling booths

CCARP members Yvonne Caldwell and Lisa Hill with Lockridge Primary School students Caitlin Hill, Shonnae Kotua, Cameron Hill and Connor Hill. Picture: Marcus Whisson d406870
CCARP members Yvonne Caldwell and Lisa Hill with Lockridge Primary School students Caitlin Hill, Shonnae Kotua, Cameron Hill and Connor Hill. Picture: Marcus Whisson d406870

Community Campaign Against Residential Prisons (CCARP) action group members will lead the protest in an effort to encourage voters to take a stance against the Liberal Party at all levels of government, if the decision to have the centres built in the area is not reversed.

The State Government announced in June that two centres would be built in the City of Swan to house people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities who are charged with but not convicted of an offence.

The centres are planned to be built at the Disability Services Commission’s Lord Street accommodation facility and on Altone Road, Kiara.

The Lockridge site is about 300 metres from Lockridge Primary School.

Despite the centres being a State Government decision, CCARP member and mother of three Lisa Hill said the matter needed to be brought to Liberal Party candidate Darryl Moore’s attention.

Ms Hill wrote to Mr Moore, urging him to help have the State Government’s decision reversed.

‘Following the decision, we petitioned the Premier and made our case as best we can but so far Mr Barnett had just ignored our concerns,’ Ms Hill’s letter said.

‘It is therefore our intention to utilise the forthcoming Federal Election as an opportunity to raise our issue.

‘If the decision has not been reversed by September 6, we will be asking our supporters to put you, (Mr Moore) as Liberal candidate, last on all ballot papers.’

Mr Moore said he had urged Minister for Disability Services Helen Morton to reconsider building the facilities in the high-density residential area, particularly on land close to schools.

‘These types of facilities should be located in areas where prisons or mental health buildings already exist,’ he said.

‘Given the vast amounts of State-owned land and the selective planning criteria I, and local residents, find it difficult to accept the decision that Lockridge and Kiara are the best and only locations to develop these facilities. I have consulted widely with local residents who will be affected by the location of these facilities and have sought as much information as possible from the minister and her office.

‘To that extent it is clear that I am well informed on the issue and that my stance is not based on any lack of understanding or belief that these types of facilities are not needed.’