Prolonged protest goes on

Residents and Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly picket on the steps of Parliament House in protest to the State Government’s disability justice centres to be built in Kiara and Caversham.
Residents and Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly picket on the steps of Parliament House in protest to the State Government’s disability justice centres to be built in Kiara and Caversham.

A group of residents last month picketed on Parliament House steps opposed to the location of the facilities to house people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities charged with but not convicted of an offence.

Under the plans, Disability Services Commission (DSC) accommodation will be redeveloped on Lord Street at the end of Rosher Road while a site on Altone Road ” currently used for the Lockridge High School agricultural program ” will also be used.

The protest followed a freedom of information request submitted by Perth MHR Alannah MacTiernan in regards to the Caversham site’s approval criteria.

Ms MacTiernan said the report reinforced the political nature of the Government’s decision not to proceed with the centres at Kenwick and Herne Hill in 2012.

‘The report explains that there was a significant negative community response to the announcement of the centres on July 24, 2012 and that only one week later the decision was reversed,’ she said.

‘However the report gives very little weight to the negative community response to a site that is, on the Western Australian Planning Commission’s own admission, only 55 metres from residential development.

‘We will continue the fight to have these centres located on a more appropriate site ” we all understand they are needed but there are other sites in our region that could accommodate the facilities without compromising community safety and amenities.’

Protestors were hoping local MP Dave Kelly would get the chance to put forward their concerns forward during Question Time, but had no luck.