City backs plan for Allen Park
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.