I URGE the City of Melville Mayor and all councillors to investigate online the Woodberry Wetlands in North London. It is an urban oasis.
Regenerated after years of disrepair, Woodberry Wetlands is a green, peaceful haven and linked with ‘Inspiring Generations' scheme offers school visits to the wetland centre for environmental education.
Isn’t this what we would aspire to for our children?
Woodberry Wetlands has proven that a derelict site can be transformed into an environmental prizewinning area, open to all ages.
On a far smaller scale, and not derelict, Tompkins Park, as suggested by Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group’s Alternative Use Concept Plan, provides for all ages and interests, including, but not limited to, families, cyclists and walkers.
The City of Melville should take a less commercial approach to environmentally sensitive riverfront land at the Swan Estuary Marine Park.
It could gain a reputation for a progressive environmental achievement, offering everybody from babies to the elderly active and passive recreation; nature and adventure playgrounds, children's play area, scooter tracks, bike pump track, lawn and picnic areas, a cafe available for all the community, community centre and area for occasional markets.
It could apply forward-thinking financial solutions, not involving increased rates, to fund this progressive project.
The council would be recognised for demonstrating foresight and environmental diligence as valued custodians of a precious A-class nature reserve by creating a 21st-century urban nature conservation area.
Does the current City of Melville council have the gumption to be inspirational? ROS ARMSTRONG Applecross