Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AS a mem­ber of the Help Re­build Lath­lain Park, I am out­raged at the com­ments by the Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive re­gard­ing com­mu­nity zone 2 – the eq­ui­table zone and the Lath­lain/Carlisle bowl­ing club site – for the fol­low­ing rea­sons:

The coun­cil em­ploys so­cial en­gi­neers to con­duct their con­sult­ing.

The out­comes are not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­mu­nity's thoughts as you are not al­lowed to ex­press your­self in th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties. You're told what you can and can't have.

Source doc­u­men­ta­tion from the Town’s Your Thoughts page is an in­di­ca­tor of the great di­vide be­tween what the com­mu­nity wants and what the coun­cil gives (cheap, low main­te­nance op­tions).

The fund­ing for the com­mu­nity ben­e­fits is for Lath­lain Park - not the Lath­lain/Carlisle bowl­ing club. We still have ques­tions about who is fund­ing the bowls club site – if there is any fund­ing – which makes any “con­sul­ta­tion” process a moot point.

The coun­cil is about to em­bark on the de­vel­op­ment of its ur­ban for­est strat­egy. The Lath­lain/Carlisle bowls club should not be de­vel­oped un­til the com­ple­tion of the strat­egy due to the size of the area.

The coun­cil's cur­rent pro­posal does very lit­tle to ad­dress the fact that Vic­to­ria Park has only 13 per cent tree canopy.

Res­i­dents also have grave con­cerns for the re­main­ing black cock­a­too roost at Lath­lain Park fol­low­ing the de­struc­tion of the roost­ing (and prob­a­bly breed­ing) site of the Carn­aby’s black cock­a­too by the West Coast Ea­gles.

An­other big is­sue the res­i­dents have is where will they all park? The Ea­gles had 6000 fans spon­ta­neously turn up at 1.30pm on a Tues­day af­ter­noon to watch the team train in 2015. There is no pro­vi­sion in the Ea­gles’ de­vel­op­ment at all for mem­ber park­ing.

A pro­posal has been made to put in an un­der­ground car park at the bowls site and a for­est/sanc­tu­ary zone be built on top.

The coun­cil would re­cover the cost within two years; the park­ing is­sue would be re­solved and the res­i­dents would have their ur­ban for­est.

This has been ig­nored. ANITA TREASURE Lath­lain

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