Hillarys: views sought from the public on ‘Jacob’s Ladder of the north’

Hillarys: views sought from the public on ‘Jacob’s Ladder of the north’

THE community is encouraged to have its say on a proposed health and wellbeing hub in Hillarys, which includes a fitness staircase similar to Jacob’s Ladder.

In 2012, the Harbour Rise Home Owners Association proposed the City of Joondalup develop a stairway at Whitfords Nodes Park that linked the grassed area with the summit of the dune lookout in the northeast corner of the park.

The council considered the proposal in 2014 as well as an ecological assessment of the surrounding bushland and noted the cost estimates and grant funding opportunities.

Concept image of the stairs. Picture: Supplied

Councillors requested the City examine alternative technologies, the likelihood of environmental approval and other potential funding options to cover a major proportion of the stairway.

In 2016, the council supported the construction of a stairway, subject to a major proportion of the cost being funded by external sources and requested a report into the development of a health and wellbeing hub at Whitfords Nodes Park to foster active and healthy lifestyle opportunities, and support current and future fitness and recreational events.

Subject to securing external funding, the hub proposes construction of the stairway, consolidation of the current play equipment into a new regional playspace, a boot-camp area with fitness equipment, new signage and ground line markings to indicate fitness loops, distance, gradient and difficulty, upgrading paths, installing LED lighting in the carpark to increase surveillance and safety, installing new picnic shelters and drink fountains, and tree planting and turf quality improvements.

Whitford Nodes Park concept map. Picture: Supplied

City officers will be on site from 9am to 10.30am on December 2 and 6.30am to 8am on December 6 to answer any questions.

Consultation is open until December 11 at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au or by calling 1300 369 972 to request a comment form.

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