Call for heritage park upgrade

Jarrahdale Heritage Society former president with current president Sheila Twine. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d400161
Jarrahdale Heritage Society former president with current president Sheila Twine. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d400161

Blackberries choke the Gooralong Brook and fallen trees had to be cleared urgently by the shire to make way for the season’s first Ghost Walk, which attracted 170 people last month.

Some fallen trees are still yet to be cleared and former shire president Sheila Twine said the community wanted immediate improvements at the park.

She met Serpentine-Jarrahdale shire chief executive Richard Gorbunow on April 30 and was planning to meet with the National Trust to discuss how the area could be improved.

Mrs Twine said visitors were not impressed there were very few amenities, even through the National Trust’s newsletter promotes the park as a day-trip destination.

The shire has to seek National Trust permission to do anything in the area, and a landscape plan completed in March 2009 by the Trust was paid for by the shire as a guide for development, but no action has yet been taken.

An amphitheatre requiring significant funding was planned for the future, but Mrs Twine said residents also wanted something done now.

She wants to see Karnet Prison Farm inmates carry out work in the area, the shire could consider providing barbecues and the youth activity group could also get involved.

Last Thursday, National Trust landscape architect Philip Palmer said the Trust had a good working relationship with the Serpentine-Jarrahdale shire and the local Jarrahdale community and looked forward to co-operating to achieve the shared long-term vision for the park.

Shire chief executive Richard Gorbunow said that while the council was keen to see improvements to Jarrahdale Heritage Park in the short term, the park was no longer in the shire’s jurisdiction and its role with the National Trust was consultative only.

‘The shire considers the transformation of Jarrahdale Heritage Park as a priority project in the longer term, with plans to lobby federal and state government agencies for much-needed funding over the coming years,’ he said.

‘It is hoped Jarrahdale Heritage Park will one day deliver a unique tourism attraction for the Serpentine-Jarrahdale community and beyond.’