Melville Times - - Opinion -

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

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