Kept in the dark over For­rest Hall

POST Newspapers - - Letters -

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

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