Resident concerned about lack of updates on Bassendean Activity Centre proposals

Resident concerned about lack of updates on Bassendean Activity Centre proposals

A BASSENDEAN resident says the community still needs to be more informed about the Bassendean Activity Centre proposal’s next steps, despite promises of regular updates.

Mayor John Gangell presented an update on the proposed development plans at last week’s council meeting, set to be the first of many monthly updates.

His address followed the council’s decision to make several changes to the preferred concept plans by developers LandCorp.

In September, the council voted to endorse developments at the Wilson Street site, request LandCorp to reconsider Bassendean Oval plans relating to the scale of future buildings, and remove the BIC Reserve from the plans.

Cr Gangell said he, Deputy Mayor Mike Lewis and chief executive Bob Jarvis met with WA Lands Minister Terry Redman and Planning Minister Donna Faragher in October to discuss the town’s position.

Former Bassendean Activity Centre working group member Kathryn Hamilton said the mayor’s address was a reasonable idea as long as the information was accurate.

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“I would agree that the announcement at each council meeting would keep the community somewhat updated,” she said

“However, I think the whole process of community consultation, such as the surveys for instance, that have been produced by council and LandCorp in the last year were woeful.

“There is still a whole host of documents that have not been released by the stakeholders and that does not inspire confidence.”

Ms Hamilton said she was surprised the other councillors were not informed about the meetings with the ministers. But Cr Gangell said he had not formally met with LandCorp since September’s council meeting.

He said the council expected to hear from LandCorp by next month’s council meeting.

LandCorp general manager metropolitan John Hackett said it would continue to work with the town and key stakeholders to determine the next steps.

Mr Redman said the Government would review the impact of the resolution before committing further investment in the project.