Promised park delay

Xavia and Brenton Evans and their children Jorja-Lee (6) and Summer (19 months) in the proposed park. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d426924
Xavia and Brenton Evans and their children Jorja-Lee (6) and Summer (19 months) in the proposed park. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d426924

Right now the lot near Gordona Parade is a mix of trees, a sand pit and a giant mulch mound, something the family say attracts mice and cockroaches.

Adding insult to injury, the lot is listed as Systena Park on Google Maps, yet Brenton and Xavia Evans can not let their two young girls play there.

‘When we bought it we were told the park was going to be built soon,’ Mr Evans said. ‘It was one of the major selling points for us.

‘We thought it would be great for the kids because we don’t have much of a back yard, so it would be good just to be able to sit out here and watch them play and what not.’

Mrs Evans told the Gazette inquiries put to council had returned nothing.

‘I called up the first time a couple of years ago,’ she said.

‘Then I called up the following year about the mulch pile and was told to ring back later in the year to get something done, but nothing.’

Parks and environment manager Anton Lees said funding for the park will be ‘considered during the 2015-16 annual budget deliberations, with a timeline to be determined by City council’.

He said three developments in the area had been staggered and as a result the City did not receive all parcels of land from the developers until the last project was complete.

‘The City is now developing a design for the embellishment of the park,’ he said.

‘The designs will incorporate the existing vegetation in the park and provide recreational and social spaces for community use.’