State urged to rethink HorsePower Hills’ land offer

Shire of Mundaring President, John Daw, has strongly urged the Department of Communities to reconsider its position on the proposed HorsePower Hills development in Stoneville.

The charity announced that the Department of Communities had withdrawn the opportunity for HorsePower Hills to develop a new riding centre for people with disabilities
and special needs on vacant Crown Land adjacent to the Kath French Secure Facility in Stoneville.  

According to a statement issued by HorsePower Hills, the group was told the land was being held for potential re-development of the Kath French Secure Facility
and the HorsePower Hills development was too large to share the land.

Cr Daw said it was very disappointing that after five years of dialogue, planning and working together, the Department of Communities had abandoned the draft lease it
offered HorsePower Hills in October 2020.

"HorsePower Hills put a huge amount of time, effort and money into this endeavour with the expectation this project would progress," he said.

Cr Daw said the community would be poorer for the loss of this volunteer-led service which provides support and therapy for people with disabilities and their families.

"Horse Power Hills' current lease runs out in two years and it would be a significant loss of social capital, and a tremendous disappointment, if the organisation was lost to our community," he said. 

"I urge the State Government to find a better outcome for HorsePower Hills."

Cr Daw said he would be writing to the Member for Kalamunda, Matthew Hughes MLA; Community Services Minister, Simone McGurk; Disability Services Minister,
Don Punch; Volunteering Minister, Reece Whitby; and the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Tony Buti, to urge a rethink of the government's position.

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