PARK PLAN DIVIDES
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