Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Kalamunda Jack Healey Centre Under Threat

Greg Ross (Kalamunda) Statement

Retired and senior citizens in the Kalamunda electorate are deeply concerned at not only the direction the Council is taking the Jack Healey Centre, but also its very future.

Cumulative changes mean senior citizens have to travel to Forrestfield and High Wycombe for services previously available in Kalamunda. They tell me that there are events still on at the Jack Healey Centre, but they cost money. These people, who have worked all their lives and chosen to live in Kalamunda are very concerned at the situation facing them with Meals on Wheels and constant rumours that there are plans to bulldoze the centre for a Woolworths.

Given Minister John Day’s propensity for development and his intention to force Kalamunda into becoming part of his planned Midland Super Council, it’s not hard to imagine why they are concerned. These voters have all expressed their dismay to me, at the state of the Kalamunda Council and feel they are the forgotten citizens of Kalamunda.

Their other very troubling concern is the almost complete lack of suitable retirement complexes within the area. As they repeatedly tell me, they chose to live in the area because of its natural beauty and don’t want to be forced to leave because of bad council planning and a minister and government continually ignoring their needs and concerns.

If I’m elected these issues will be a major priority for me, to impress upon whichever party gains power, to deal with.

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