Town of Bassendean plan for oval sparks anger with residents

Bassendean Oval.
Bassendean Oval.

BASSENDEAN residents were “confused and frustrated” after LandCorp unveiled the first draft plans for the Bassendean Activity Centre last Thursday.

Hundreds of residents attended the community forum to ask questions and express their concerns.

The plans featured the southern part of Bassendean Oval, worth $3 million, and the northern part of the town centre, where a public car park and part of the Bassendean Tennis Club are located.

Resident Jim Laffer said there was “certain anger” in the community because there had been not enough consultation.

“There’s not been a great deal of transparency and I think the Town needs to be aware of that,” Mr Laffer said.

“I think if we don’t do something now, then some time in the future the State Government would probably grab hold of us and do things that are indeed inappropriate.”

Councillor Paul Bridges said the development process was rushed.

“The pressure has been right on from LandCorp to get as much development out as possible,” Cr Bridges said.

“We’re generally happy with the consulting team and the work they’ve done, but it’s been a fairly rushed process.”

Resident Jenny Miolin said she did not support the current Bassendean Oval development plan.

“I’m not happy with the oval being developed, but if it is being developed I think it should be very low-rise,” Ms Miolin said.

LandCorp Metro North manager Susan Oothuizen said the next steps were to test the feasibilities as a part of a two-year structure forming process.

There would be more community consultation over that period.