Have your say on park upgrade
COUNCIL CONSIDERS PROPOSAL FOR REGENT PARK
THE local community can soon have its say on a proposed redevelopment of Prince Regent Park in Heathridge.
At last month’s meeting, the council considered the proposal, including two soccer fields and upgraded floodlighting, a new community sporting facility, carpark extension and relocation of the cricket training nets and wicket, which would create a home base for Joondalup United Football Club.
The proposal was approved on the condition that the facility would not be used for senior National Premier Leagues (NPL) games and that Joondalup United agrees to contribute $100,000 towards $3.07 million project, which it has.
Councillors also voted to “arrange community consultation on the site concept plan” with a further report to be presented to the council on the outcome later this year.
Consultation will run from October 9 to 30 and a report including the results will be presented to the council later this year before a decision is made.
This month, the council is to consider applying for $615,116 through the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF).
At last week’s council briefing, Heathridge residents raised concerns of increased traffic, drinking and antisocial behaviour, litter and parking issues.
One resident also questioned why the floodlighting needed to be upgraded if that was only done in 2014. Corporate services director Mike Tidy said the ground was not getting new lights but the existing lights would be relocated and realigned, with some changes to the luminares.
He said the proposal was to develop a community facility to cater for the sports clubs that use the ovals (Joondalup United, Ocean Ridge senior and junior cricket clubs and Pirates Softball Club) and “be available for the wider community-based meetings and activities”.
“The current facility is essentially a toilet block,” he said.
Councillors will consider applying for CSRFF funding for Price Regent Park at tonight’s meeting. They will also consider applying for $126,500 to part fund the upgrade of floodlighting at Kingsley Park.