Residents seek answers

Residents seek answers

RESIDENTS filled the chambers of Bassendean Council at its last meeting of the year on Tuesday, expressing concerns about the proposed Bassendean Oval redevelopment.

Planning Minister John Day made the development announcement last month and said residents would be part of the process with an extensive community consultation period.

The proposed development will include a mix of residential dwellings and community facilities to sit on 11ha of land near the oval.

Mayor John Gangell said the development had sparked interest in the community so he knew the last meeting of the year would attract a crowd.

Cr Gangell said a lot of the interest came from residents wanting to know more, including details on the process and the proposal’s concept plan.

“There were approximately 10 individual people who asked questions in relation to the Bassendean Oval and Town Centre redevelopment,” he said.

“They were there mainly to talk about the concept plan and why they can’t see it yet.”

Bassendean resident Don Yates said the issue had reached “boiling point” based on residual past designs that were clouding the issues.

Local group Bassendean Forum have voiced their concerns on Facebook, calling for the release of all submissions to the Planning Minister to allow the Government to sign off on key aspects of the Landcorp deal.

The group added there were calls to release for public viewing all concept plans and feasibility studies that underpin the Landcorp proposal.

Cr Gangell said the Town had not started a concept plan because it was awaiting community feedback, which formed part of an online survey.

“We can’t even get started on the concept plan as we are waiting on the feedback they will be providing (as part of the online survey),” he said.

“We are very keen to work with the community and we are listening to concerns raised and we have acted by extending the survey until the end of January, giving everyone time to have their say.

“We have also produced a special Bassendean Briefings to be delivered to all residents encouraging the community to provide their feedback.”

For more information visit www.landcorp.com.au/Bassendean.