Murdoch: City of Melville ticks off on location for building at Bert Jeffrey Park

Bert Jeffrey Park.
Bert Jeffrey Park.

THE City of Melville has ticked off on a location plan for a building at Bert Jeffrey Park in Murdoch despite questions about its cost.

The amenities building is set to be located on the north-west portion of the work and will include two change rooms, universal access toilet, kitchenette and storage facilities.

At Tuesday’s council meeting questions about the cost of the facilities were raised, following claims it could cost between $250,000 and $500,000.

A motion to defer the decision about the building failed and the location plan was approved eight votes to five.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said previous quotes for the building were “ridiculously cheap”.

“It has costed $250,000 to put a toilet on the foreshore so if the building costs more than $250,000 it’s not an issue for me,” he said.

“If we don’t put the building in then people will be forced to go to the toilet in the bushes or temporary toilets will have to be brought in.”

Controversy about the park previously raged after the City decided to place a turf wicket in March 2017 without consulting residents, many of whom believed the facility was too small for a cricket pitch.

Community feedback to the building has appeared to be negative after the City posted 208 letters, 15 submissions were against the project and four were in favour.

Among the criticism was concern about the installation of the turf wicket, the size of the park, safety of children at the playground and increased traffic.

City Health Melville manager Todd Cahoon stated at the briefing session earlier in September that the north-west location provided good shade areas, reduced visual impact because of a lower positioning from the road and the building would be linked to the playground.