Residents submit reserve petition
HARVEY Shire Council received a petition from Clifton Park residents last Tuesday, requesting two blocks be preserved for community use.
Resident Richard Jackson presented the petition at the council meeting on behalf of the group of residents attending, asking for Lots 5 and 6 on Lucy Victoria Avenue, next to the Clifton Park Reserve, be bought by the council.
Mr Jackson said volunteers had collected more than 570 signatures for the petition from the Clifton Park area alone.
He said the reserve was used by the entire Australind community and could attract far more signatures if the whole area was canvassed.
“If we extended the petition to Australind it would attract thousands of signatures,” he said.
Mr Jackson thanked the council for its efforts in preserving the Clifton Park Reserve for the Harvey community over the years.
Harvey shire president Tania Jackson officially accepted the petition from Mr Jackson, with council staff to investigate the proposal.
Cr Jackson said she had looked over the petition and had noted the big number of residents who had been a part of it.
“Staff will have to look at the options, what ramifications there are and what value we are looking at,” she said.
Mr Jackson said when the land in Clifton Park was made an A grade reserve by the State Government in 1993, the two blocks were left out.
“Unfortunately, when the Clifton Park Reserve was created they missed two lots at the bottom end and they went to a private developer,” he said.
Mr Jackson said as well as community value, the lots were ecologically important to preserve.
“It is one of the few wetland areas in the shire that is untouched,” he said.