We have listened

Residents Jill Willis and Carolyn Sheridan are against the proposed development.|Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d400471
Residents Jill Willis and Carolyn Sheridan are against the proposed development.|Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d400471

HAVING read Craigie resident Iris Bennett’s letter, Strong Protest, published in the April 30 edition of the Joondalup Times, I would like to clarify some of the issues raised about the redevelopment of the Craigie Senior High School and Camberwarra Primary School sites.

Ms Bennett’s statement that local residents have had limited say on plans for the proposed redevelopments of both sites is very disappointing and untrue.

As the developer, LandCorp has been very proactive in its efforts to engage with the local Craigie community on both projects.

In February 2010, LandCorp held a community open day for local residents to provide input, feedback and ideas about the future redevelopment of Craigie SHS before any work started on a structure plan for the site.

More than 200 local residents attended this session and community feedback was provided to the City to assist during the assessment of the structure plan.

The City also independently consulted with Craigie residents on the proposal and all feedback received assisted the council with its decision-making.

The City has very transparent and rigorous community consultation procedures and throughout the Craigie SHS redevelopment process, landowners and affected residents have been informed and given opportunities to provide submissions and feedback.

The draft structure plan was advertised for public comment from February 3 to March 3 in 2011, involving written notification to surrounding landowners, signage on site and public notices placed in local newspapers and on the City’s website.

LandCorp recently held a community open day for the redevelopment of Camberwarra Primary School project to gauge community opinion and feedback before lodging a structure plan for the site.

The structure plan for the primary school site is now currently being assessed by the City and it will be publicly advertised, giving local residents another opportunity to provide submissions and feedback.

The City is committed to working with both the local community and LandCorp to develop these vacant sites into thriving residential communities while being responsive to the needs and expectations of local residents.

Residents interested in the progress of these developments can contact the City on 9400 4000 or visit joondalup. wa.gov.au or landcorp.com.au

Garry Hunt,

Chief executive officer,

City of Joondalup