6 July 2018

  • More than forty Ferndale residents attended a Street Corner Meeting hosted by Member for Cannington Bill Johnston at the site of a future Department of Communities development.
  • Mr Johnston and a representative of Housing Minister Peter Tinley MLA outlined the former Kinlock Primary Site.
  • Residents gave feedback on the concept plans.
  • Community pleased with the government’s consultation and quality of the development.

The meeting was illustrative of Mr Johnston delivering on his commitment to ensure the development is conducted in full consultation of Ferndale residents.

Feedback received will be incorporated into the planning process to ensure the project meets the needs of the community.

Residents who could not attend are encouraged to visit Mr Johnston’s website or Facebook page for information distributed at the meeting.

Residents should contact Mr Johnston’s office at cannington@mp.wa.gov.au or 93565011 with any questions or feedback.

The street corner meeting exemplifies the fresh approach taken by the McGowan Government to this development

The previous government did not adequately consult with Ferndale residents.

The Request for Proposal from a developer is open until August, with the successful applicant/s to be notified by the end of the year, before negotiations commence at the beginning of 2019.

Comments by Bill Johnston MLA, Member for Cannington:

“I thank all Ferndale residents who attended the meeting. The strong attendance is testament to the quality of the community, and I will ensure that the Kinlock Development is a positive addition.

“I think residents are confident that we have the right priorities for this development.

“We want to hear resident’s opinions about the development so they can be addressed in the final design.

“The Government would like to see a high quality, modern development with an emphasis on public open space and retained trees.

Comments by Janet Vaughan, Ferndale Resident:

“I am grateful to Bill for having both the decency and courage to front our local community at what could have so easily been a hostile and unpleasant meeting over a contested site.

“Bill and the representative from the Department of Communities addressed the community’s concerns very well and explained the ways in which the development takes these into account.

“I am pleased that Bill is prioritising tree retention, environmental value and ensuring new development meets the needs of the community now and into the future.

“Overall, the discussion after the meeting amongst those who attended seemed pretty positive.

“The meeting was handled well and with the candour and sensitivity that makes a real difference to people’s perceptions about the role of politicians.

Media contact: Bill Johnston 0407 249 485