Gosnells councillors divided over Hicks Street Reserve rezoning

CITY of Gosnells councillors were divided over the rezoning of Hicks Street Reserve at the ordinary council meeting on September 8.

The council wants to build a curved road between Hicks and Harley streets through Gosnells Oval, where there is currently a footpath.

However, several councillors were not satisfied and asked for more information.

Cr Glenn Dewhurst expressed concerns about the fate of birds that feed in some trees along the path.

Councillors voted to defer a decision until they received more information.

This could be until after the local government elections on October 17, when new councillors could be joining the City.

Deputy mayor Ron Mitchell called on councillors to reconsider their deferral.

“It’s all about revitalising the centre of Gosnells,” he said.

“Some of the councillors believe we did not have enough information – we have had workshops on this.

“It’s just a rezone at this point in time.”

A staff report said Hicks Street Reserve was not being used to its full potential and it was difficult to provide adequate recreation opportunities.

The council is currently preparing a master plan proposing enhancements to the Gosnells Oval.