Group’s efforts unwavering

I AM offended that in his letter in last week’s edition headlined ‘Support given’, Cr Brian Corr would tout the actions of Tristan Cockman and himself as the sole reasons for developer Australand deciding to consult widely with residents concerning the housing development on the old East Greenwood Primary School site.

This is a slap in the face for past and present hard-working committee members of the Kingsley and Greenwood Residents’ Association, of which I have been an active member for more than 10 years.

From the outset seven years ago of the State Government’s intention to sell off the school land and relocate students to a new Greenwood Primary School, the association has been at the forefront of fighting to ensure a dedicated oval is part of the new school.

It also kept residents of East Greenwood informed of the future of the ‘redundant’ school site and pleaded for community consultation before final plans went to the City for approval.

Mr Cockman may have ‘grandstanded’ briefly at the community meeting in early August (which was incidentally organised by the association) but the association has been there for years liaising with (and pestering) local members of State Parliament, the Housing and Education departments and ultimately the successful tenderer, Australand.

The association’s persistent and unwavering efforts resulted in a community-based working group with Australand.

The company is to be applauded for listening to the residents and considering the community’s concerns.

The association’s raison d’etre is the wellbeing of our residents, not personal political advancement.

Of course, Mr Cockman has Cr Corr’s support; they are both aspirants in the same political party.

HEATHER CHESTER, Kingsley