Pub­lic space re­claimed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

CHIL­DREN have re­turned to Rope Works Park after res­i­dents, the coun­cil and a pri­mary school worked to stop crime and drunks in the pub­lic space in Mos­man Park.

“The kids re­ally en­joy the new park, be­cause the drink­ing pre­vented them com­ing here,” res­i­dent Marissa Calyan (27) said.

Anti- so­cial be­hav­iour, in­clud­ing drug tak­ing, ap­peared in the park after the play­ground was in­stalled by the coun­cil in June last year.

Graf­fiti and van­dal­ism of the equip­ment was also re­ported almost im­me­di­ately.

The coun­cil’s main­te­nance staff fixed the dam­age be­fore the coun­cil asked res­i­dents, in­clud­ing many in Home­west homes nearby and chil­dren at Mos­man Park Pri­mary School, to adopt the park.

“It was about in­volv­ing the fam­i­lies who live around the park, and for them to have an in­vest­ment in it,” school chap­lain Rhonda Miller said.

On Septem­ber 14, more than 20 pre-pri­mary to Year 7 chil­dren from the school, who live next to the park, cre­ated small mo­saics along its path to try to com­bat dam­age and pub­lic drink­ing in the Town, which has a small com­mu­nity safety bud­get.

The streets near the park and the ad­ja­cent The Rope Walk of­ten ap­pear in po­lice re­ports of bur­glar­ies and thefts.

“It’s great to see the com- mu­nity get­ting ac­tive in those ar­eas and tak­ing con­trol,” Se­nior Sergeant Mic Dal­la­Costa said.

The coun­cil has Po­lice Com- mu­nity Crime Preven­tion fund­ing to now host neigh­bour­hood bar­be­cues and can loan equip­ment, pic­nic blan­kets, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity sets and signs so res­i­dents can meet their neigh­bours and dis­cuss lo­cal is­sues. To or­gan­ise a bar­be­cue, call the com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment team on 9384 1633.

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Marissa Calyan and Adrian Pick­ett with Mos­man Park Pri­mary School Chap­lin Rhonda Miller.

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