WAVES OF CHANGE
RECENTLY I checked out what all the fuss was about with respect to the proposed licensed cafe (and associated wave park) at Tompkins Park. There were three cricket matches in progress – one south and two north of the rugby club rooms.
Often in the evening there are numerous semi-organised groups paying ball games and the like.
The extent of the wave park and its parking lot can be gauged by drawing a line north from Clydesdale Street through the cricket nets.
More than half of the northwestern cricket oval will be lost, including the cricket pitch. About one quarter of the field fronting Canning Highway will be lost to informal sport activity; more if the bowling club is relocated here.
The City's stated purpose – “To explore opportunities for increased residential density and commercial investment in strategic locations .... and to create greater revenue from the City's current and potential land” – seems in conflict with a growing population and the next generation's need for more grassed space for ball games.
Perhaps it is time to revisit the City's purpose.
MURRAY FRENCH, Melville.