City of Gosnells acts on park complaints after resident Ruth Cadman labels it an ‘abonimation’


Ruth Cadman at the reserve between Astinal and Prescott Drives. Picture: Jon Hewson d453652
Ruth Cadman at the reserve between Astinal and Prescott Drives. Picture: Jon Hewson d453652

CITY of Gosnells has acted after a resident presented a petition to the city to fix up the park, which she labelled an ‘abomination’.

Gosnells resident Ruth Cadman said the park between Astinal and Prescott drives in Gosnells needed to be taken care of by the City .

She said other parks in the area were much nicer and her local park was an abomination.

Ms Cadman said there was a forest of trees dropping large branches, which created a fire hazard, and the play area was very small and had no cover.

“All other parks around our area are all lovely but not ours,” she said.

“It’s always been bad – when I moved in it was a dustbowl.

“I’ve got grandkids and they don’t go down there because the parents won’t let them go down there.”

A petition signed by almost 80 people was presented to council, which prompted the City into action.

Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said the park was an undeveloped reserve with no infrastructure and therefore it received minimal maintenance.

“The City has undertaken an inspection of all trees within the reserve which has identified a number of trees that require remedial attention,” he said.

“A range of actions will be undertaken including major and minor pruning works as well as removal of some dead trees. These works will be programmed by the end of May.

“A future upgrade is planned for this park, however this will depend on a funding allocation in a future budget.”

Councillor Terry Healy, who presented Ms Cadman’s petition to council, said Ms Cadman had been a great community leader for bringing the issue to the council’s attention.

“This is a great example of the community working together, raising an important matter and then working to get an outcome,” he said.