Res­i­dent stumped by de­lays

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park res­i­dent Roz Mac­Nish con­tin­ues to fight for trees the she says are threat­ened by sand and mulch mounds in the new Minim Cove Park adventure play­ground be­ing built by the Town’s Men’s Shed and coun­cil.

“Some mounds are con­sid­ered too close to the trunks of the trees whereby the loss of wa­ter in­fil­tra­tion and oxy­gen to trees’ roots may ren­der some trees to decline over the next 12 months to two years,” an ar­borist’s De­cem­ber re­port to the coun­cil said.

Vol­un­teers have built the play­ground us­ing $30,000 from the coun­cil and $65,000 com­bined from the Men’s Shed and Mos­man Park Ro­tary.

The site in a copse now has a new play­ing stream, cub­bies, tug of war and climb­ing ropes.

Ms Mac­Nish said while she sup­ported the project to get chil­dren play­ing out- doors, the is­sues with the trees could have been solved if the re­port and a play­ground plan had been ob­tained by the coun­cil be­fore work started last year.

“And there’s still ex­posed wire on a rope oc­to­pus that could be danger­ous,” she said while tour­ing the play­ground last Thurs­day.

The re­port rec­om­mended the mounds be moved at least 1m to one side of trunks, three 1.5m-tall, thin stumps be re­moved, with other dead­wood and scars on bark trimmed.

Logs close to trees needed shift­ing and placed on mulch, wa­ter­ing done ev­ery four to six weeks to lessen trees’ stress and the play­ground sur­veyed three months af­ter its of­fi­cial open­ing to iden­tify any prun­ing.

The coun­cil has re­peat­edly said the prob­lem with the mound and mulch would be solved be­fore its of­fi­cial open­ing this month.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Poyn­ton said work from the re­port’s rec­om­men­da­tions was be­ing car­ried out in a fi­nal safety au­dit as well as more site work be­fore the play­ground’s of­fi­cial open­ing and he would meet with Ms Mac­Nish this week to dis­cuss her con­cerns.

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