Water Corporation to install bores at Beldon and Gradient parks

Water Corporation to install bores at Beldon and Gradient parks

THE Water Corporation will construct new water bores at Beldon Park.

The works are part of the project to upgrade the existing Neerabup Groundwater Treatment Plant.

Joondalup councillors approved giving Water Corporation management of two areas of the park totalling 319sq m (0.8 per cent of the reserve) at last Tuesday’s meeting.

“The areas would be used to accommodate the bore, vehicle access areas, small sections of above-ground pipe work and electrical cubicles or small buildings housing electrical equipment and controls,” the council document said.

“The bore and associated equipment will be fenced for security and safety reasons.”

It said there were few sites that met the criteria needed for bores and Beldon Park was chosen “to be close to existing bore mains, large enough to accommodate drilling rigs, minimise any clearing and also ensure minimal impact to residents”.

“While the use of existing public open space for this purpose is not ideal, it is acknowledged the proposed bore is an essential service and it is not uncommon,” it said.

It said the areas proposed to be excised would “not have a detrimental impact on the use of the existing reserve”.

“An earlier proposal was submitted to the City which sought to excise a considerably larger portion of Beldon Park,” it said.

“The City has worked with the Water Corporation and representatives of the adjoining Beldon Shopping Centre to reduce the scale of the proposal.”

The works will also see several trees removed to provide adequate area for the drilling rig during construction and for vehicle access but these will be replaced.

At the meeting, Cr Russell Poliwka said there was “a little angst in the early days” from members of the community but he believed that and now been “well and truly acquitted”.

Similar proposals for the excision of portions of Lysander Park in Heathridge and Gradient Park in Beldon were supported by the council in August 2017 and last month.

Gradient Park will include the excision of 322sq m (1.4 per cent of the reserve).

Because this bore will be visible to nine properties on Craigie Drive, letters were sent to the landowners.

The City received two submissions with concerns of removing public open space, the loss of trees, the impact on the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo habitat and making it difficult for police to detect antisocial behaviour.

However, the council document said the proposal would “not have any adverse impact on public access to the reserve” and the Water Corporation would “minimise any disturbance of nearby residents during construction”.