Park plan questioned
‘URBAN FOREST’ IDEA FOR BOWLS CLUB SITE
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.