Plaques at lake moved for works

RE­MOVAL ONLY TEM­PO­RARY

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

REG­U­LARS to Bibra Lake might have no­ticed the pop­u­lar plaques hon­our­ing the area’s pi­o­neer fam­i­lies have dis­ap­peared dur­ing works on the new play­ground.

North Lake res­i­dent Glenn Hank­in­son, a de­scen­dant of one of the pi­o­neers hon­oured, con­tacted the Gazette last week af­ter notic­ing the 38-year-old plaques had been re­moved.

“A week ago when the fence went up we kept an eye on it, then a few days ago no­ticed more closely the con­crete pedestal was there but no plaque,” he said.

“The pi­o­neers did it hard and back then this was the boon­docks. They opened up the area, fed the peo­ple of Perth and took pride in pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and fauna. I don’t want to see us lose this his­tory.

“I’d like to know where it is, what’s the plan, are they plac­ing as much im­por­tance as it should have and is it be­ing placed back; in a place of seclu­sion or promi­nence, it doesn’t mat­ter, just be where it has been for years.”

City of Cock­burn en­gi­neer­ing and works ser­vices di­rec­tor Charles Sul­li­van said the City had re­moved and re­tained the plaques.

“The plaques were re­moved to en­able the con­struc­tion of a new carpark for the play­ground,” he said.

“They will be re­in­stated with new plinths north of the new carpark and set within a land­scaped en­vi­ron­ment.

“The City re­quested the pi­o­neers to pro­vide an up­dated list of names and spellings in 2012 dur­ing dis­cus­sions with Ugo De Marchi so we could make the ap­pro­pri­ate correction­s and ad­di­tions for a new plaque to re­place the ex­ist­ing one fol­low­ing con­struc­tion of the play­ground.”

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Com­mem­o­ra­tive plaques have been moved dur­ing con­struc­tion.

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