Res­i­dents sub­mit re­serve pe­ti­tion

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

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.

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