Questions over LandCorp role in Bassendean Oval project group

Bassendean Oval.
Bassendean Oval.

THREE Town of Bassendean councillors will sit on a Project Control Group for Bassendean Oval but some residents have criticised the inclusion of LandCorp in the group.

Mayor John Gangell, Deputy Mayor Mike Lewis and Councillor Gerry Pule were elected to the group, joining representatives from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), WA Football League and Swan Districts Football Club.

The councillors will have a chairing role and manage the finances for the project that is expected to cost between $70,000 and $75,000.

In 2016, LandCorp’s development plans for Bassendean Oval, BIC Reserve and the Wilson Street carpark were amended by Council after a Community Working Group, comprising 31 residents, stated their opinions were not reflected in the plans.

In October, LandCorp agreed to consult with Council on future development plans.

Bassendean resident Graeme King said he did not understand why LandCorp would want to invest time and money in a project that stated its objective was solely for the sporting club facilities, if there were not development opportunities.

“To many of us in the community it doesn’t make sense and we believe that land development agencies of government do not come to meetings unless there is a land development opportunity which the community has shown nervousness toward before,” Mr King said.

A council report said that the Project Control Group will develop a business case for the football facilities at Bassendean Oval, as the majority of infrastructure at the oval was constructed in the 1970s and is now is poor condition relative to other WA Football League (WAFL) facilities.

To date no community consultation has been sought for this project.

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