Park sta­tus for re­view

Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Laura Pond

THE need for an up­graded BMX track or skate park in Landsdale will be in­ves­ti­gated by the City of Wan­neroo.

Landsdale res­i­dent Deanna Fogliani said the cur­rent track at War­radale Park was un­used and needed re­pair.

“No­body uses the BMX track at the mo­ment (and) it’s dan­ger­ous,” she said.

Her three chil­dren en­joy visit­ing the skate parks in Wan­neroo and Ocean Reef but she said there was not much for their age group to do around Landsdale.

Ms Fogliani sought feed­back via so­cial me­dia as to whether fel­low res­i­dents sup­ported up­grad­ing the BMX track or cre­at­ing a skate park at the site and said most wanted to see both done.

“Ev­ery­one’s re­ally happy about it,” she said. “There are so many kids in Landsdale; it’s just some­where they can go.”

Coun­cil­lor Domenic Zappa sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion at last week’s coun­cil meet­ing based on Ms Fogliani’s pro­posal and said chil­dren had helped to col­lect sig­na­tures.

He also in­tro­duced a mo­tion on no­tice, which sparked a some­times heated de­bate among elected mem­bers. Natalie Jen­nings and Deanna Fogliani at War­radale Park.

Cr Zappa said the track had not had many up­grades since it was built in 1999 and wanted res­i­dents’ in­put as to how it could be im­proved.

“I’m re­quest­ing the City un­der­take con­sul­ta­tion to un­der­stand more prop­erly what they would like to see,” he said.

Cr De­nis Hay­den said if suc­cess­ful, wheeled sports fa­cil­i­ties could be in­stalled in ev­ery ward but Landsdale was “a good place to start”.

Cr Sa­man­tha Fenn moved a pro­ce­dural mo­tion to re­fer the rec­om­men­da­tion to the South Ward Com­mu­nity Ref­er­ence and Sport­ing User Group but it lapsed for want of a sec­on­der.

High­light­ing the growth of Landsdale’s pop­u­la­tion, Cr Brett Treby said the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity was not the same as oth­ers in the City.

He clar­i­fied his re­marks, re­it­er­at­ing the need for the fa­cil­ity at the park.

“I’m not sure coun­cil­lors are aware of the lack of parks in Landsdale, the lack of ac­tive space,” he said.

Cr Zappa had his bid to add to the mo­tion, of­fer a point of clar­i­fi­ca­tion and in­tro­duce new in­for­ma­tion re­jected so he ended with a right of re­ply reaf­firm­ing the sub­urb needed more ac­tive re­serves. The rec­om­men­da­tion to un­der­take con­sul­ta­tion re­gard­ing the need for an up­graded wheeled sports fa­cil­ity at War­radale Park passed; only Cr Fenn voted against the mo­tion.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d465294

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