Heathridge Residents Association hosting info session to discuss Prince Regent Park redevelopment

Heathridge Residents Association hosting info session to discuss Prince Regent Park redevelopment

THE Heathridge Residents Association has organised an information session regarding the proposed redevelopment of Prince Regent Park.

City of Joondalup officers, councillors and Mayor Troy Pickard have been invited to attend to present to guests and answer questions.

It will be held on Wednesday from 5pm to 6.30pm at the Heathridge Leisure Centre.

At last week’s council meeting, residents continued to express their concerns with the proposal and another petition requesting the City “not proceed with the refurbishment of Prince Regent Park to allow this to become the home ground of Joondalup United” was tabled.

Heathridge resident Tamara Vance said the proposal showed “NPL traits” that could allow Joondalup United Football Club to use the facility for National Premier Leagues WA games.

“The only thing missing to make it complete is fencing and seating,” she said.

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She said the park’s proposed lighting, carparking, clubroom and location and size of soccer pitch met NPL standards.

“There’s a huge need and drive for Joondalup United for an NPL home ground so I’m sure you can see why we’re concerned,” she said.

“Joondalup United are at Percy Doyle until 2018 and if this does not get secured, the legitimate concern is they would fall back on our park which is already insufficient for the club’s growing needs.

“If it doesn’t go to NPL down the track, what we do have is amateur games being played at 6.30pm followed by another match at 8pm with around a 9pm finish then off to the clubroom for a few drinks.

“We’re unsure of how many nights a week this would occur.

“Joondalup United need a suitable home; one they can grow in to without infringing on the local community.

“The community shouldn’t be asked to pay for upgrades to the park that will reduce the access.

“Local parks should be for the local people.”

Mr Pickard said there was a lot of misinformation in the community about the proposal.

“The council has formally resolved the Prince Regent Park facility will not be used for senior NPL games,” he said.

“There are no plans to erect fencing or permanent seating as the facility would only be used by Joondalup United as a venue for training and junior/community level matches.

“Local residents who utilise the park for informal recreation purposes will also enjoy greater flexibility as the proposed improved floodlighting will enable better usage of the park at night.

“The level of lighting will meet the Australian standards for amateur football competition and training and will be similar to other parks across the City which cater for community level sport such as Seacrest Park and Ocean Reef Park.

“There is not expected to be a significant increase in vehicle traffic during peak periods in the vicinity of Prince Regent Park as it is already heavily utilised by existing users at these times and additional car parking will enable more vehicles to park inside the facility rather than around the perimeter.”

He encouraged Heathridge residents and the wider community to “take in the facts, ask questions of the City and actively participate in the community consultation process”.

“This will enable the council to consider all of the feedback and make an informed decision when a report is presented to progress the project later this year,” he said.

He said the current toilet facility at the Prince Regent was “poor and inadequate to service the needs of park users”.

“This facility is booked almost every night in both summer and winter by local user groups and the City is proposing to upgrade facilities to benefit not only sporting clubs but the many community groups that would welcome the improved amenity,” he said.

Community consultation runs until October 30 at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au or by calling 9400 4090 to request a hard copy form.

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