Melville Times - - Opinion -

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.


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