AT­TI­TUDE OF­FENDS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

COM­MENTS by Glenys Godfrey in the re­port in last week’s Gazette head­lined “Good things on the way: MLA”, in­di­cate how out of touch she is with con­stituents in Red­cliffe des­ig­nated De­vel­op­ment Area 6.

Mrs Godfrey was in­vited on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions to at­tend com­mu­nity meet­ings with DA6 res­i­dents. How­ever, she did not at­tend, nor of­fer a po­lite de­cline.

What she fails to ac­knowl­edge is that DA6 is a Western Aus­tralian Plan­ning Com­mis­sion pro­posal to cre­ate a high-den­sity ur­ban vil­lage for fu­ture Air­port West work­ers – not the ex­ist­ing res­i­dents. The com­mis­sion wants res­i­dents’ land to cre­ate this ur­ban vil­lage, which means get­ting rid of the ex­ist­ing res­i­dents. There’s no room for us in its vi­sion. While there is a vague prospect of in­creas­ing land val­ues, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of res­i­dents are happy liv­ing here and don’t want to move.

We love our safe, friendly, crime­free lit­tle neigh­bour­hood and don’t want to be bul­lied out of it.

For the res­i­dents whose houses will be di­rectly af­fected by con­struc­tion of the new train sta­tion, this also is not a good thing and they have ev­ery right to com­plain.

Mrs Godfrey should not pub­licly dis­miss peo­ple in such a cav­a­lier at­ti­tude. Many res­i­dents have found this par­tic­u­larly of­fen­sive. BELLA SCHAR­FEN­STEIN, Red­cliffe.

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