Kept in the dark over Forrest Hall
I cannot let pass remarks by Robert Webster and Brian Downing (Letters, December 1) defending the University of WA over the Forrest Hall controversy.
Mr Webster’s use of the word “stakeholders” is singularly misleading, tending, to reduce the disagreement over Forrest Hall to a game of two-up.
Perhaps Mr Webster would redefine “stakeholders” to include all the people of Perth, as it rightly should.
Furthermore, as an alumnus of UWA and a member of the Winthrop Society I object to the comment by Mr Downing that the needs of the university “outweigh” the value of the river view.
Such a comment would have been abhorrent to all who have admired and contributed to UWA over its first 100 years.
When, if ever, during the many years of its conception, were the plans for Forrest Hall made public to the people of WA – except, perhaps, to a select group of City of Perth ratepayers several weeks ago and only then for a window of 14 days?
Alas, not even the university’s own 123,000 Convocation members were put in the picture and allowed discussion.
The impact of Forrest Hall Stage 2 transcends the views of any one particular section of our community, even the ambitions of UWA whose buildings and grounds have always been an adornment to our river and in perfect harmony with it.
The impact of Forrest Hall Stage 2 will affect everyone in Perth who loves our river.
Jim Rowlands, Grange Street, Claremont