The Shire of Harvey’s plans for a major community precinct have been scrutinised by residents, with project approval being pushed back for another month. Incorporating two community precincts — in the Australind and Harvey townsites — the project has been in the works for more than eight years and begun to take pace earlier in the year. Following detailed plans by Perth-based design group Christou Design the project was opened to a community reference group, who were to influence the final design plan after the initial plan was rejected by the community. Residents and members of the community reference group filled the Harvey Shire council chambers at a July ordinary council meeting where they voiced concerns over the now two separate design plans for the Harvey precinct. According to deputy Shire president Michele Campbell — who initiated the delay — the designs for the two options are “significantly different” with option one meeting key stakeholder requirements and option two falling in line with the CRG’s preferences. “Option two presents quite a shift from the project brief, this is a significant project for the Shire of Harvey,” she said. “I am competent of the attachment some of the community has to some of the buildings, and the strong desire from the CRG to retain some of these buildings.” “I believe there are still many questions to be answered before committing to either option, I therefore ask councillors to support the request to defer this endorsement.” Prior to Cr Campbell’s statement Harvey resident Tim Devereux expressed fears over a lack of asbestos removal from some of the buildings both plans intended to keep such as the Returned Services League Hall. Mr Devereux said he was “absolutely flabbergasted” the Shire had “continued down the same path” in relation to retaining an asbestos built facility instead of removing it. “We’ve ended up with something second rate, I was going to read something out but it seems pointless — you are all deaf,” he said “I came and showed pictures of exposed asbestos . . . the building is old and it will need hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on it . . . people are being put at risk by the (RSL) building.” “In the last 10 years 40,000 people in Australia have died from mesothelioma and in the next 10 years 40,000 people will die and we need some leadership from everyone here to change that.” Councillor Coleman spoke against the decision to defer, outlining the “hundreds of hours” the CRG had spent discussing the plans. “They (the CRG) have come to the conclusion that option two best suits 99.9 per cent of the community’s needs,” she said. “I wonder the value of having a reference committee and members of the community in the first place . . . I take the point about the buildings remaining including the contentious RSL building . . . I do wonder if we are not going to listen to them why did we engage them?” Councillors voted to defer the decision until the August ordinary council meeting, a concept forum will also be held this month to discuss the future of the community precincts.