Gar­den plan ‘un­suit­able’

Wanneroo Times - - News -

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.

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