City backs plan for Allen Park

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JES­SICA WARRINER

A NA­TURE play area, pop-up cof­fee hut and ad­di­tional bush­land are all pos­si­bil­i­ties for Swan­bourne’s Allen Park af­ter the area’s first master plan was adopted.

City of Ned­lands Mayor Max Hip­kins said the precinct was an im­por­tant as­set for the com­mu­nity.

“The master plan process con­sid­ered ex­ist­ing con­ser­va­tion ef­forts and the her­itage of the area, matched with the park’s links to nearby beaches and its re­gional role as a cen­tral sport­ing fa­cil­ity in the western sub­urbs,” he said.

“Through­out the project de­vel­op­ment we en­sured the lo­cal com­mu­nity and key stake­hold­ers were con­sulted, en­gaged and in­formed every step of the way.”

Re­search by A Bal­anced View Leisure iden­ti­fied a higher than av­er­age older pop­u­la­tion and a higher than av­er­age num­ber of fam­i­lies with chil­dren in the area, which trans­lated to an in­creased need for pas­sive recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties and op­tions for fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

The re­port rec­om­mended the City con­tinue to sup­port the ef­forts of the Friends of Allen Park Bush­land Group and Swan­bourne Coastal Al­liance to strengthen bio­di­ver­sity.

The is­sue of land ten­ure was also raised, with con­cern from the com­mu­nity that blocks may be re­claimed for de­vel­op­ment.

The re­port rec­om­mended the coun­cil aim to re­solve the out­stand­ing ten­ure is­sues with lots, sug­gest­ing Lots 139 and 153 should be re­tained as rem­nant bush­land and a con­nec­tion walk­way and Lot 150 could be reveg­e­tated.

Pro­pos­als from the West­side Wolves Hockey Club and Dol­phins Wa­ter Polo Club were not rec­om­mended for in­clu­sion in the Allen Park precinct af­ter strong ob­jec­tions from com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and pro­jected im­pact from traf­fic.

“The Allen Park Master plan now gives us a guid­ing doc­u­ment for fu­ture uses, ac­tiv­i­ties, preser­va­tion, cap­i­tal bud­gets and grant ap­pli­ca­tions that help with long term plan­ning for the area,” Mr Hip­kins said.

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