Forrestfield Airport Railway Link forces family to leave behind their home and business

The State Government has reclaimed the Sheehan family’s property as part of the new Forrestfield Airport Railway Link.

The family have been living at Sultana Road West in High Wycombe for the past three years.

They do not believe they will be able to find another home in the Shire of Kalamunda with the money they will receive from the State Government.

“The price offered is $400-$500,000 less than what we can replace our home and land in the same suburb, so I’m not sure how we can move on yet,” Chris Sheehan said.

“We have two options, to buy a much smaller house and land or to move later.

“It takes a long time to buy a house.”

Mr Sheehan, who runs a transport business with seven prime movers from his property, said he needed to re-locate to a yard big enough to house his trucks.

He said he had been offered compensation at a residential rate but his property was in an area zoned industrial.

Tim Houweling from Cornerstone Legal, which is representing Mr Sheehan, said the process for offering landowners compensation was disappointing.

He said the deadline for the family to be moved had been extended to February 19.

“The Public Transport Authority has made a financial offer which is below what the Sheehans are expecting,” Mr Houweling said.

“The money to assist them in the process will not be enough for them to replace their existing infrastructure.

“This is breakneck speed for a government and they have not been negotiating for 12 months.”

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said in November the land was being reclaimed for a future car park at the proposed Forrestfield Rail Link and Station and the family had been offered a fair price.

Work is expected to be completed on the station by 2020 and due to start in 2016.

About 10 High Wycombe residents claim they are not being given full value for their property and have sought legal advice.

Kalamunda Shire President Andrew Waddell said he was disappointed the Government had been inflexible on the issue.

“They have not treated the Sheehans fairly and the Government does not appear to have a plan for the land at this stage,” he said.

“It’s all some sort of arbitrary base.”