New as­so­ci­a­tion meets

AIM IS TO HAVE A LOUDER VOICE

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

THE Up­per Swan com­mu­nity met for the first time as the newly formed Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion yes­ter­day.

Res­i­dent Ann Winch­ester said Up­per Swan res­i­dents were tired of be­ing over­looked and needed a uni­fied voice on is­sues im­pact­ing peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

She said traf­fic was one of the big­gest con­cerns fac­ing the com­mu­nity.

With a num­ber of up­com­ing de­vel­op­ments in the area, it was im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether.

“We need to have a louder voice and try to do some­thing about these is­sues we are fac­ing,” she said.

“I think we’ve been over­looked for so long be­cause we are a small and quiet sub­urb and not a lot of peo­ple know we ex­ist, but things are chang­ing and they want to turn our ru­ral area into high den­sity, which is a huge con­cern.”

Ms Winch­ester said there was no record of an Up­per Swan Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion pre­vi­ously.

She said res­i­dents couldn’t do much in­di­vid­u­ally but an as­so­ci­a­tion would have stronger pres­ence and greater pow­ers.

Is­sues in­cluded the Sat­ter­ley de­vel­op­ment, the new bridge on Rail­way Pa­rade, the Bi­tu­men Pro­cess­ing Plan and plans for a new clay pit.

“These are all is­sues that will im­pact ev­ery­one liv­ing in the area, es­pe­cially with traf­fic,” she said.

The first meet­ing of the Up­per Swan Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion was held at Baskerville Hall yes­ter­day from 7pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ann Winch­ester at annw@mibs.com.au

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