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This article was published in Mirage News on 4 February 2021 Click here to read the full article

Residents voice concerns around community safety in preparation for Griffin Green housing project construction

CHANGES: The updated plan for the Griffin Green affordable housing project in Pioneer now includes a basketball court with access from Heath crescent. PHOTO: Kat Vella

 CHANGES: The updated plan for the Griffin Green affordable housing project in Pioneer now includes a basketball court with access from Heath crescent. PHOTO: Kat Vella

Leonie Kawelmacher, co-ordinator at Alma Bamblett Community Centre voiced fears the community had about how the safety of Pioneer residents would be ensured when excavation of highly contaminated materials from Dave Taylor Park commences early March.

“We don’t understand why they need to disturb the mound. As soon as you open up the ground it makes it dangerous releasing the asbestos into the air,” Ms Kawelmacher said.

Griffith City Council general manager Brett Stonestreet assured that even though an option existed to construct a ‘capping’ over the mound, a decision was made to remove the contaminated materials in the best interests of the project and community.

“Where the project is at is to do the comprehensive option of removing all the contaminated material that is causing concern in the community,” Mr Stonestreet said.

“We have qualified, accredited contaminated material removalists engaged. They must work to very strict standards. If they contravene those standards in removing the contaminated material their business evaporates, it’s as simple as that.”

CONCERNS: Residents of Pioneer had another opportunity to discuss plans and process of the Grififn Green construction with members of Council. PHOTO: Kat Vella

 CONCERNS: Residents of Pioneer had another opportunity to discuss plans and process of the Grififn Green construction with members of Council. PHOTO: Kat Vella

Argyle Housing have now submitted the first development application for the ambitious project which will involve 20 affordable dwellings being built as part of Stage One. CEO of Argyle Housing Wendy Middleton, said that while building affordable housing is vital in Griffith, she had taken on board residents’ comments around density of the proposed plans.

“There is such a need for affordable housing in Griffith. I see the other side of this where people who are working living in cars and on couches because they can’t get a private rental,” Ms Middleton said.

“I take on board the density concerns and I’ll take it back to the planning group and have a discussion.”

Recent changes to the Griffin Green project plan to include a basketball court for Pioneer children resulted from the first community consultation held at Dave Taylor Park in December 2020.

Mr Stonestreet said Council were satisfied that engaging the community well before development applications were submitted ensured feedback from the community was considered.

“We’ve been out here on site well before Christmas, where I made a presentation of the project where the essential components haven’t changed. At that meeting the importance of the basketball court was certainly brought to us, and that’s now been included in the plan.”

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