Future of Melville Glades course still in the balance

Planning Minister John Day, Enviroment Minister Bill Marmion, Jandakot MLA Joe Francis and Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey at the site.
Planning Minister John Day, Enviroment Minister Bill Marmion, Jandakot MLA Joe Francis and Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey at the site.

But locals are not happy with the decision and say all six original concept plans should be put to the public for their opinion.

‘We are calling for another workshop where all six concept plans are on show to allow the community to have their say,’ Bainton Road resident Geoff Harcombe said.

Mr Harcombe said he believed most people were unaware that housing development, which is in all three concepts, was part of the plan for the John Connell Reserve and Melville Glades Golf Course redevelopment.

The 115-hectare land site in Leeming is used mainly as a private golf course, for sporting clubs and recreation. But a large portion has been left vacant after being closed as a landfill site in 1996.

In February, Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the City’s plan was to hand the Ken Hurst Park land over to the State Government in return for the freehold title of John Connell Reserve.

Mr Harcombe said he would like to see the area developed into a recreation site similar to the City of Canning’s Centenary Park.

‘We are not opposed to development of John Connell Reserve, it is long overdue but if we are short of open space in the City why are we looking at encroaching on the open space we have with housing?’

The three concept plans voted on by the council include a minimalist approach where the 18-hole golf course remains the same, with some housing development to the east and the John Connell Reserve only being re-vegetated.

The two other concept plans include relocating 9-holes of the golf course to the John Connell Reserve and using some of the original golf course for housing development.

Mr Aubrey said the city had been working closely with the community, stakeholders since 2011.