Showdown over plans
FUTURE OF OSBORNE PARK SHOW IN PERIL
THE redevelopment of Robinson Reserve may mean the end of the Osborne Park Show, according to Osborne Park Agricultural Society president Warren Bettridge.
The City of Stirling released a master plan for the Tuart Hill park last month for public comment, which features upgrades including more shelters, barbecues and seating, a new path network and playground, replacement of fencing, more carparking and various sport facilities.
It also includes the demolition of “aged buildings”, which Mr Bettridge said would result in the society having nowhere to store items or hold exhibitions during the show.
He believed the current plan would make the show “impossible” to run beyond 2018 and instead wanted the City to refurbish the buildings.
“From our perspective it’s totally inadequate for our needs; we couldn’t go ahead,” Mr Bettridge said.
The society has been engaged in the consultation process regarding development of the site since 2008 but Mr Bettridge said the proposed plan “was a complete and utter shock”.
The Finch Society of WA president Matt Creemers was concerned the group would no longer be able to use the facility.
Community organisation Main Street Co-Op is generally supportive of the design but believed the 1.8m palisade fencing, a proposal introduced by Councillor Giovanni Italiano and backed by the council, was unnecessary.
“Overall the Robinson Reserve plan will achieve wonderful outcomes for the local community,” chairwoman Lisa Thornton said.
“We believe it would be beneficial to have better integration between the Robinson Reserve and the Osborne Park library/community centre by removing the fencing.
“This area creates opportunity for a nature playground and a small, informal piazza linking the key community uses of the Main Street district centre.
“(We) believe the 1.8m palisade fencing presents a visual barrier and that the City should explore an option that meets the needs of all stakeholders whilst not detracting from the visual environment of the area.”
Mr Bettridge believed the higher fencing was integral to running the show.
Acting community development director Chris Brereton said the City had met the agricultural society during development of the master plan, the consultation process and before its submission to the council.
“Once community consultation has closed, the City will review all submissions, including those regarding the provision of fencing, and will continue to consult with (the society) throughout this process,” he said.
“The City will make every effort to accommodate the society and Osborne Park Show as we would like to see this great community event continue.
Public comment closed yesterday.
WA Finch Society member Frank Zammit with president Matt Creemers.