City backs bores plan

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

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”.

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