Residents have their say

More than 80 Bassendean residents attended the forum last Wednesday, the first of three to be held at the Swan Districts Football Club about the redevelopment of about 11ha of land at the oval and town centre.

LandCorp presented the results of its survey held from November to January that garnered more than 570 responses. It showed 65 per cent of respondents wanted the historical aspects around the Bassendean oval to remain in any redevelopment and almost 400 respondents wanted more parks.

The session allowed brain-storming about the redevelopment, with most people saying they wanted public open spaces to be the priority.

They also sought guarantees that Bassendean would not turn into a high-rise building suburb and wanted to keep its traditional building style. One person suggested a green corridor from the town centre to the river and another said they did not want any more chain cafes or restaurants.

Swan Districts Football Club chief executive Tom Bottrell took the opportunity to quash rumours about the development.

He said there were strict conditions on the spending of the $3 million the State Government had pledged.

“We cannot spend it on players or put in a McDonald’s here,” he said.

“It will likely be spent on a refurbishment rather than a rebuild.”

Mr Bottrell said the money needed to be spent wisely.