All’s Wells at park

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams says Wells Park and Kwinana Beach will re­main open for recre­ational use amid com­mu­nity con­cern about a ru­moured clo­sure.

Ear­lier this year res­i­dents were en­cour­aged by the City to take part in a sur­vey to iden­tify the pri­mary uses of the site af­ter ini­tial plans to re­vamp the area raised var­i­ous safety con­cerns.

How­ever, Mrs Adams re­jected ru­mours about the po­ten­tial clo­sure of Wells Park say­ing the coun­cil recog­nised the value of the park and its con­nec­tion to her­itage, the indige­nous com­mu­nity and the res­i­dents who use it.

She said while some con­cerns were ex­pressed by nearby in­dus­try about po­ten­tial so­ci­etal risks in hav­ing the park so close to po­ten­tially haz­ardous plants, the risks did not war­rant com­plete clo­sure of the area.

“The City has en­gaged and been work­ing with con­sul­tants GHD to un­der­take a fea­si­bil­ity study and needs as­sess­ment of Wells Park and Kwinana Beach,” she said.

“The project iden­ti­fied that the in­dus­trial risks and con­text of the site do not pre­vent all types of recre­ational ac­tiv­ity oc­cur­ring, as long as con­trols are in place to mit­i­gate risks. The City has in­vested thou­sands of dol­lars in up­grad­ing Wells Park, in­clud­ing new toi­lets and the park­ing area, and ap­pre­ci­ates that it is a muchloved area.”

Kwinana In­dus­tries Coun­cil direc­tor Chris Oughton said KIC had not called for clo­sure of the park but in­stead asked for it not to be re­de­vel­oped in the fu­ture.

“The park is in the core of the State’s premier heavy in­dus­trial area, and the na­ture of the area is that high-risk chem­i­cal and re­fin­ing pro­cesses are car­ried out there,” he said.

“In­dus­try works very hard to re­duce the risk of in­ci­dents hap­pen­ing but even with the re­duced like­li­hood of an event, the con­se­quences if an event did hap­pen, would be the same.

“All in­dus­try has ever asked for is for the park to not be re­de­vel­oped to at­tract more peo­ple to it be­cause of the risks to the users.”

Pic­tures: Chloe Fraser

Mayor Carol Adams says Park and Kwinana Beach will re­main open.

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