Have your say on park up­grade


Wanneroo Times - - News - Tyler Brown

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.

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