Leave our park alone

LO­CALS FIGHT FOR MILLER’S CROSS­ING

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

A GROUP of res­i­dents is call­ing for green space on the bor­der of East Vic­to­ria Park and Carlisle to re­main.

The De­part­ment of Plan­ning is look­ing to re­zone four parcels of land known as Miller’s Cross­ing from park­land to res­i­den­tial.

The land is owned by the de­part­ment and was set aside to be used in the con­struc­tion of the bridge over the rail line, which was opened in 2004, but af­ter­wards it was made into park­land.

Rut­land Av­enue res­i­dent Leanne Daniels, who lives be­hind part of the park­land, said it was con­stantly used by dif­fer­ent mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“I think it’s bet­ter for the com­mu­nity if it re­mains as park­land be­cause the im­pact if it be­comes res­i­den­tial is that there will be more noise and fewer peo­ple on the streets,” she said.

“I’ve been here for 28 years and when I got here the dy­namic was not as friendly, but since the park­land was cre­ated it’s been much more friendly and peo­ple are drawn to the space.”

The rezoning in­cludes an area of John Bis­sett Re­serve, which was named af­ter the long-time coun­cil­lor who served as City of Perth coun­cil­lor from 1980 to 1993 and at the Town of Vic­to­ria Park from 1995 to 2015.

John Bis­sett said if Miller’s Cross­ing was made into a res­i­den­tial area then it would mean a loss of pub­lic open space.

“With in­fill in the cen­tral met­ro­pol­i­tan area, back­yards are dis­ap­pear­ing and so there are fewer places for peo­ple to go to the park and kick a ball around,” he said.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the coun­cil made a rec­om­men­da­tion to the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (WAPC) that the land be zoned as Parks and Recre­ation Re­serve.

“Some five years later, the WAPC has now come to us and in­structed that we mod­ify our orig­i­nal pro­posal and zone the land as res­i­den­tial,” he said.

The com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod is now un­der­way be­fore a re­port will be made to the coun­cil with all of the feed­back re­ceived from the com­mu­nity be­fore the Town makes a rec­om­men­da­tion to the WAPC.

The WAPC will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion about the zon­ing of the land.

Sub­mis­sions must be in writ­ing to Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta, at the coun­cil’s Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cen­tre, with ref­er­ence to Town Plan­ning Scheme 1 – Amend­ment 59.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473156

Local res­i­dents want Miller’s Cross­ing to re­main as park­land.

The four parcels of land known as Miller's Cross­ing.

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