City backs bores plan
THE Water Corporation will construct new water bores at Beldon Park.
The works are part of the project to upgrade the existing Neerabup Groundwater Treatment Plant.
Joondalup councillors approved giving Water Corporation management of two areas of the park totalling 319sq m (0.8 per cent of the reserve) at last week’s meeting.
“The areas would be used to accommodate the bore, vehicle access areas, small sections of aboveground pipe work and electrical cubicles or small buildings housing electrical equipment and controls,” the council document said.
It said there were few sites that met the criteria needed for bores and Beldon Park was chosen “to be close to existing bore mains, large enough to accommodate drilling rigs, minimise any clearing and also ensure minimal impact to residents”.
“While the use of existing public open space for this purpose is not ideal, it is acknowledged the proposed bore is an essential service and it is not uncommon,” it said.
The works will also see several trees removed to provide adequate area for the drilling rig during construction and for vehicle access but these will be replaced.
Similar proposals for the excision of portions of Lysander Park in Heathridge and Gradient Park in Beldon were supported by the council in August 2017 and last month.
Gradient Park will include the excision of 322sq m (1.4 per cent of the reserve).
As this bore will be visible to nine properties on Craigie Drive, letters were sent to the landowners.
Responding to residents’ concerns, the council said the proposal would “not have any adverse impact on public access to the reserve” and the Water Corporation would “minimise disturbance of nearby residents during construction”.