Garden plan ‘unsuitable’
A LARGE-scale community garden will not be established on a Joondalup Drive reserve within Yellagonga Regional Park.
In October, a Joondalup cpouncillors requested a report on the status of 580 Joondalup Drive, including the history of the lot, ownership and development potential, such as a commercial community garden.
The State Government owns the Bush Forever site, which is maintained by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and it is zoned parks and recreation under the Metropolitan Region Scheme, meaning the WA Planning Commission, not the City of Joondalup, would have to approve any development.
The report said the development of a large-scale community garden would not be suitable “due to the adverse impact that pollutants from fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides are likely to have on the water quality of the wetland environment”.
“There would also be a high potential for exotic plant species to spread from the gardens as weeds and impact on the local biodiversity and health of the bushland areas and fauna,” it said.
The land is also considered a class A reserve, meaning it has the “greatest degree of protection” because it is an area of high conservation or community value.
This means any changes would require approval from both houses of State Parliament.