Res­i­dents sound fears for re­serve

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

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.”

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