Green space for sale

Green space for sale

EXCLUSIVE

FRESH from losing the fight to save Rosehill Golf Course, South Guildford locals now face the prospect of their local playground and park being sold for development.

Waterhall Park is Commonwealth-owned, but for the past 20 years, the City of Swan has paid a peppercorn lease to use and maintain the land as a park.

The City of Swan was approached to acquire the land but negotiations fell through because the price was too high.

Details of the costs remain confidential but The Reporter understands the price was deemed to be above market value.

Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the City would stop maintaining the park if the lease was terminated.

Residentsare concerned about losing more green space.

Jake Pearce bought his home directly opposite Waterhall Park because he wanted his children to have the same sort of childhood he had around neighbourhood parks.

�That�s what it�s all about, getting the kids outdoors, keeping them active; that�s the only reason we bought here,� he said.

A realtor is now acting on behalf of the Department of Defence to sell the land and offers are open until September 2.

The advertisement describes the sale of lot one, two and three Waterhall Road as �an excellent opportunity to purchase a potential future development opportunity�.

The Department of Defence engaged a third party to evaluate the properties last year, which confirmed lot three, the park, had development potential

A Defence spokesperson said the future owner of the site would have to assess the implications of the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast ( ANEF).

Waterhall Park is zoned as a railway reserve and is a high ANEF contour due to its proximity to Perth Airport.

For it to be developed, it would need to be reclassified under the Metropolitan Region Scheme and subsequently under the City�s Local Planning Scheme.

The park is a hotspot for families and also hosts fitness classes during the week.

Rory Bell said residents bought their homes with the expectation of park views.

�We�ve lost the golf course but that was privately owned land and there was nothing to be done about it but City of Swan could have done something about this,� she said.