Canning councillors to push for Shelley Beach park plan

The report by councillor Patrick Hall (right), seen here with fellow councillor Ben Kunze, on the Shelley foreshore proposal is a breath of fresh air.
The report by councillor Patrick Hall (right), seen here with fellow councillor Ben Kunze, on the Shelley foreshore proposal is a breath of fresh air.

BANNISTER Ward councillors Ben Kunze and Patrick Hall successfully rallied fellow councillors to approve a motion aimed at revitalising Shelley Beach Park and establishing new infrastructure.

Located on the banks of the Canning River between Watersby Crescent and Beatrice Avenue in Shelley, the pair call the park a “jewel in the crown” of the City of Canning.

They hope the motion to conduct a community survey into the establishment of a commercial cafe in the precinct will be a step in the right direction for redevelopment.

Fourteen years after the City of Canning considered the planning and further development of the parkland, which was dumped in favour of Fern Park in Riverton, councillors Kunze and Hall said now was the time to revisit a master plan.

“In 2002, when they last surveyed the residents, more than 70 per cent supported it,” Cr Hall said.

“It’s not just about a cafe, it’s about the whole precinct.

“There are a lot of big events there but no real plan around it; it’s about how Shelley and Rossmoyne will be in 10 or 20 years.

“Let’s activate the area and put a cafe in and pay homage to the area.”

The City of Canning received requests from the community to consider the establishment of a cafe at the site and the Shelley Rossmoyne Residents and Ratepayers Association formally requested the City survey the community at the City’s Annual General Meeting of Electors in January.

Cr Kunze said the demand for a cafe was a major trend during his 2015 door-knocking campaign.

“When I was door-knocking, a couple of issues came up time and again and one was a coffee shop on the foreshore,” he said.

Cr Kunze told residents there was no guarantee something would go ahead but said he would gauge the extent of the demand.

“We aren’t going in gung-ho to build a coffee shop but we hope to go to the community officially and ask if that’s what they want,” he said.

Cr Hall said the potential could be endless, suggesting exercise equipment, artistic residencies and cultural homage.

Cr Kunze said it could give Shelley and Rossmoyne residents a place close to home to enjoy.

The pair hope a telephone survey of 350 people in the area will light the way to a feasibility survey before a master plan |is established with community involvement.

The surveys, with a combined projected cost of around $80,000, would be paid for with the 2015-16 budget surplus.

Cr Hall promised an environmentally sensitive, area-appropriate outcome for the park.

“Anything built would be pared back, sensitive, keeping with the community expectations and (in) communication with the community,” he said.