Park plan ques­tioned


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

THE Vic­to­ria Park Ur­ban Tree Net­work wants the Town of Vic­to­ria Park to re­think its plans for the old Lath­lain-Carlisle Bowl­ing Club site.

The coun­cil is propos­ing to have ac­tive and pas­sive dog parks, multi-use courts, a kick­about space, an ur­ban or­chard and an up­graded play­ground on the site.

The net­work would like to see the area turned into an ur­ban for­est, which it be­lieves would have en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and cul­tural ben­e­fits.

Vic­to­ria Park Ur­ban Tree Net­work sec­re­tary and Carlisle res­i­dent Heather John­stone said there was “no op­por­tu­nity” for Carlisle res­i­dents to have in­put into the con­cept de­sign.

“They haven’t ex­plained why ten­nis courts couldn’t fit in the zone 2 of the re­de­vel­op­ment. There has also been no ex­pla­na­tion of costs of dif­fer­ent ameni­ties or any is­sues that could arise,” she said.

“An ex­am­ple is that pests from an ur­ban or­chard could place a bur­den on ad­ja­cent res­i­dents, as re­moval of pests on their own prop­er­ties spread from the pro­posed ur­ban or­chard would be their re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Mrs John­stone said her or­gan­i­sa­tion would like to see a strong fo­cus on bio­di­ver­sity at the site, with a large num­ber of en­demic species, a pas­sive recre­ational space and a water-sen­si­tive ur­ban de­sign that ben­e­fited all of the com­mu­nity.

“We be­lieve the size of the dog park is dis­pro­por­tion­ate to the num­ber of dog own­ers in the area,” she said.

“The kick­about space is not needed given the prox­im­ity to the new ovals, one of which will be avail­able to the pub­lic.”

Town of Vic­to­ria Park re­new life di­rec­tor Warren Bow said con­sul­ta­tion was on­go­ing and the cur­rent plan was a draft, not the fi­nal con­cept.

“The Town will be re­view­ing the de­sign of the old bowl­ing club site/Tom Wright Park based on the feed­back from the cur­rent com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion,” he said.

“The Town has worked closely with a com­mu­nity ref­er­ence group and will con­tinue to do so for the life of the project.”

Mr Bow said he be­lieved the plan would take an “un­der­used, blighted space” and re­turn it back to the com­mu­nity.

“The Town is in­cred­i­bly ex­cited about de­liv­er­ing the com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity zone and this park space,” he said.

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