Residents sound fears for reserve
A GROUP of residents have come together in the face of a proposal that they believe threatens the open space of Harold Rossiter Reserve.
A business case for a synthetic turf hockey facility was intended to be discussed at the Town of Victoria Park’s council meeting on June 13 but was deferred to next month in the face of a series of questions from the community.
One of the ideas being floated is to build the facility at Harold Rossiter Reserve and move the Victoria Park Xavier Hockey Club (VPXHC) from its current home of Fletcher Park, where it cannot build the facility because it shares it with the Perth Cricket Club.
The Harold Rossiter Reserve Community Action Group has been formed following concerns that the public has not been informed about the project.
Group member East Victoria Park resident Narelle Douglas said her major concern was about the nearby Kensington bushland and the significant environmental impacts she believed the development could have as black cockatoos that roosted there.
“The impact would be more traffic, noise, night-time light and litter,” she said.
“I’m concerned about this fragile environmental area listed as an endangered ecological community by the Federal Government.
“In the council’s own documents it lists community outrage as a high risk and it appears they haven’t talked to any residents.
“We would like the council to investigate other areas for the proposal and to consult the public before anything more is done.”
Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said there was no proposal at this stage.
“There is simply a business case that examines whether it is practical or not for Harold Rossiter Reserve to accommodate the Victoria Park Xavier Hockey Club,” he said.
“The club approached the council on many occasions over the years to look at relocating and upgrading their facilities.
“The club specifically asked to strongly consider relocating them to Harold Rossiter Reserve.”
To be best informed the Town commissioned a business case identifying the pros and cons of this. Cr Vaughan said based on this work, the council’s community development committee had recommended that alternative locations now be explored.
“I believe the community development committee is discussing it further before the matter is referred to the July council meeting,” he said.
“If and when the council decides on a preferred location for the Victoria Park Xavier Hockey Club, wherever that may be, a project plan will be developed which will include community engagement.”