Club plan di­vides

MA­JOR­ITY IN FAVOUR, BUT SOME HAVE MISGIVINGS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s plans for the old Lath­lain Carlisle Bowl­ing Club site ap­pear to have been backed by some mem­bers of the pub­lic, but not every­one is happy.

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s plans for the old Lath­lain Carlisle Bowl­ing Club site ap­pear to have been backed by some mem­bers of the pub­lic, but not every­one is happy.

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 that site and Tom Wright Park.

In a survey about the coun­cil’s con­cept plan, 223 peo­ple took part with 43.2 per cent sup­port­ing it, a fur­ther 35.6 per cent sup­port­ing it with changes, 11.7 per cent in­di­cat­ing they did not like it and 9.5 per cent did not say.

Lath­lain res­i­dent Dawn White­hurst, who has used ten­nis fa­cil­i­ties in the area since 1963, said she was against hav­ing the courts at the site and wanted them at Lath­lain Park.

“We need at least two courts to ac­com­mo­date our club and other peo­ple who want to use them,” she said.

“The courts would mean shar­ing it with the net­ballers, which means we would be re­quired to re­move our net but they are heavy and we are all oldies.

“I’d like to see the ten­nis courts back at Lath­lain Park, near the Care­taker’s Cot­tage.”

Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer An­thony Vuleta said the courts could not be ac­com­mo­dated in the ap­pro­pri­ate lay­out in Zone 2 of Lath­lain Park and so they needed to be in­cor­po­rated into the for­mer bowls club site.

“This was sup­ported by the com­mu­nity dur­ing the work­shops as­so­ci­ated with the Lath­lain Park man­age­ment plan,” he said.

Mr Vuleta said the ques­tions in the survey were for­mu­lated by an in­ter­nal work­ing group and were based on the out­comes of the work­shops as­so­ci­ated with the de­vel­op­ment of the Lath­lain Park man­age­ment plan and the de­sign el­e­ments endorsed as part of the orig­i­nal Lath­lain Park mas­ter plan.

“The results are be­ing used to in­form an up­dated ver­sion of the con­cept plan for Zone 2 and the for­mer Lath­lain/ Carlisle Bowls Club and Tom Wright Park site,” he said.

“The de­sign el­e­ments will then be costed and sub­mit­ted to the com­mu­nity ref­er­ence group at the be­gin­ning of May for a pri­ori­ti­sa­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get­ing ex­er­cise.”

The South­ern Gazette pre­vi­ously re­ported on the Vic­to­ria Park Ur­ban Tree Net­work’s push for an ur­ban for­est.

One of the ques­tions in the survey was “What do you think we should fo­cus on plant­ing in this park?”, which had 39.6 per cent vote for a va­ri­ety of na­tive plants with a fo­cus on Carn­aby Cock­a­too and other sim­i­lar species food sources.

Vic­to­ria Park Ur­ban Tree Net­work sec­re­tary and Carlisle res­i­dent Heather John­stone said she be­lieved the survey con­tained lead­ing ques­tions and she was not sur­prised by the results.

“I’m happy about the re­sult in re­gards to the re­sult about na­tive veg­e­ta­tion but my over­all im­pres­sion is that I’m a bit dis­ap­pointed,” she said.

“There was no dis­cus­sion about the ten­nis courts and the way the ques­tions are phrased it seems they are look­ing for an out­come.”

An­thony Vuleta.

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