Fears held for bush

The reserve was named after Dave |Robinson’s son, Paul. d397054
The reserve was named after Dave |Robinson’s son, Paul. d397054

Sandra Hansen called on the shire to do more to protect the bush area on Hall Road, which she says was slowly being destroyed by the pony club’s efforts to widen tracks for vehicles and add more jumps.

She says she’s seen orchids destroyed and piles of manure and hay left on the grounds.

Mrs Hansen said other councils made clubs pay up if they failed completely to clear manure.

The Paul Robinson Memorial Reserve was named after Dave Robinson’s son and Dave has also had concerns about the maintenance of the reserve.

Serpentine Horse and Pony Club president Sharene Kocsis said the club was a youth group that had been in the area for 51 years and had been very proactive to maintain the reserve.

She said permanent jumps were never moved, portable ones were positioned on existing tracks and no new tracks had been added.

‘Our riders take part in land care lessons and have been involved with replanting on the reserve, especially around the old go-kart area.’

Serpentine-Jarrahdale president Bruce Moore said there was an agreement being discussed between the shire and the club regarding the use of the area, but there was no date for finalisation.

‘The shire does have rules requiring user groups to clean up after themselves,’ Cr Moore said. ‘Manure bins are also supplied for users to place manure and hay after each event.

‘New signs will be placed on the grounds within the next few weeks to remind patrons of their obligation to clean up after themselves.

‘It is the responsibility of those booking the facilities to ensure patrons follow the rules of hire.

‘The shire works closely with the pony club to ensure that only the bare minimum is pruned to preserve the environmental integrity of the area, and to ensure the safety of pony club members during events,’ Cr Moore said.