De­ci­sion due on park plan

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

THE City of Melville will make a de­ci­sion about the place­ment of a build­ing at Bert Jef­frey Park in Mur­doch at tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing.

The park be­came the sub­ject of con­tro­versy af­ter the City de­cided to place a turf wicket in March 2017 with­out con­sult­ing res­i­dents, many of whom be­lieved the fa­cil­ity was too small for a cricket pitch.

Two chang­e­rooms, a univer­sal ac­cess toi­let, kitch­enette and stor­age fa­cil­i­ties are among the uses in­tended for the ameni­ties build­ing, which is be­ing slated for the north­west por­tion of the park.

Com­mu­nity feed­back to the build­ing has ap­peared to be neg­a­tive af­ter the City posted 208 let­ters: 15 sub­mis­sions were against the project and four in favour.

Among the crit­i­cism was con­cern about the in­stal­la­tion of the turf wicket, the size of the park, safety of chil­dren at the play­ground and in­creased traf­fic.

De­spite the con­cern, coun­cil­lors are be­ing asked to note there is a need for the in­fra­struc­ture and tick off on a lo­ca­tion plan.

Coun­cil­lors asked ques­tions about the cost of the project, the City’s strate­gic plan for ac­tive re­serves from 2011 and how the best lo­ca­tion was de­cided on, as well as other queries, at the coun­cil’s brief­ing ses­sion on Septem­ber 4.

City Health Melville man­ager Todd Ca­hoon said the project would cost some­where be­tween $250,000 and $500,000.

Mr Ca­hoon stated in his re­port that the north­west lo­ca­tion pro­vided good shade ar­eas, re­duced vis­ual im­pact be­cause of a lower po­si­tion­ing from the road and the build­ing would be linked to the play­ground.

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