Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - OPINION -

I WOULD like to ad­dress points made in Anita Trea­sure’s let­ter (Park Plan Di­vides, South­ern Gazette, May 23).

The Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s con­sul­tants to the Lath­lain Precinct Re­de­vel­op­ment Project Zone 2 have back­grounds in land­scape de­sign, town plan­ning and ar­chi­tec­ture, and are pro­fes­sional and knowl­edge­able in lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

These con­sul­tants are en­gaged to as­sist in pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to ex­press what they would like and need. The Town does not and would have no rea­son to “em­ploy so­cial en­gi­neers”.

The com­mu­nity was given the op­por­tu­nity to voice its opin­ion through work­shops, the Com­mu­nity Ref­er­ence Group, the Your Thoughts on­line con­sul­ta­tion hub, and posted sur­veys.

Clearly not ev­ery ‘want’ will be ap­pro­pri­ate or can be accommodated in the mix with other com­mu­nity needs. It is im­por­tant for peo­ple to re­alise a sin­gle-is­sue clique does not speak for a whole com­mu­nity.

The bowl­ing club site be­came part of the Lath­lain Park con­sul­ta­tion process af­ter the com­mu­nity voiced a de­sire to dis­cuss park­land in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity as a whole.

Plan­ning for fu­ture fa­cil­i­ties will help to in­form fu­ture bud­get­ing al­lo­ca­tions.

The cur­rent con­cept seeks to re­tain veg­e­ta­tion, im­prove its health and add to it with the ad­di­tion of sig­nif­i­cant trees, a di­rect con­tri­bu­tion to the Town’s canopy.

The Town is con­cerned for na­tive wildlife sea­son­ally mov­ing over or through its sub­urbs - such mat­ters need to be legally and sci­en­tif­i­cally in­formed.

The science ad­vises that Carn­aby’s Black Cock­a­toos nest and breed out­side of the metropoli­tan area in nat­u­ral eu­ca­lypt wood­land.

We are aware that For­est Black Cock­a­toos are adapt­able and mo­bile, and that they are cur­rently rang­ing across the Perth metropoli­tan area while suit­able food sources are avail­able.

The West Coast Ea­gles 2015 train­ing ses­sion men­tioned was be­fore their grand fi­nal and was not “spon­ta­neous”, it was an­tic­i­pated and event­man­aged.

In the Town’s com­mu­nity sur­vey the lone sug­ges­tion for an un­der­ground carpark on the exbowl­ing club site was not a de­vel­oped pro­posal.

Given the high con­struc­tion cost of un­der­ground park­ing, and ex­tremely low likely us­age, it would not be a vi­able ven­ture for the Town, nor have com­mu­nity sup­port. AN­THONY VULETA CEO, Town of Vic­to­ria Park

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