NOT EVERY WANT CAN BE ACCOMMODATED
I WOULD like to address points made in Anita Treasure’s letter (Park Plan Divides, Southern Gazette, May 23).
The Town of Victoria Park’s consultants to the Lathlain Precinct Redevelopment Project Zone 2 have backgrounds in landscape design, town planning and architecture, and are professional and knowledgeable in local government.
These consultants are engaged to assist in providing opportunities for members of the community to express what they would like and need. The Town does not and would have no reason to “employ social engineers”.
The community was given the opportunity to voice its opinion through workshops, the Community Reference Group, the Your Thoughts online consultation hub, and posted surveys.
Clearly not every ‘want’ will be appropriate or can be accommodated in the mix with other community needs. It is important for people to realise a single-issue clique does not speak for a whole community.
The bowling club site became part of the Lathlain Park consultation process after the community voiced a desire to discuss parkland in the immediate vicinity as a whole.
Planning for future facilities will help to inform future budgeting allocations.
The current concept seeks to retain vegetation, improve its health and add to it with the addition of significant trees, a direct contribution to the Town’s canopy.
The Town is concerned for native wildlife seasonally moving over or through its suburbs - such matters need to be legally and scientifically informed.
The science advises that Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos nest and breed outside of the metropolitan area in natural eucalypt woodland.
We are aware that Forest Black Cockatoos are adaptable and mobile, and that they are currently ranging across the Perth metropolitan area while suitable food sources are available.
The West Coast Eagles 2015 training session mentioned was before their grand final and was not “spontaneous”, it was anticipated and event-managed.
In the Town’s community survey the lone suggestion for an underground carpark on the ex-bowling club site was not a developed proposal.
Given the high construction cost of underground parking, and extremely low likely usage, it would not be a viable venture for the Town, nor have community support. ANTHONY VULETA CEO, Town of Victoria Park