Lathlain Carlisle Bowling Club site plans backed by most, but not all

Lathlain Carlisle Bowling Club site plans backed by most, but not all

THE Town of Victoria Park’s plans for the old Lathlain Carlisle Bowling Club site appear to have been backed by some members of the public, but not everyone is happy.

The council is proposing to have active and passive dog parks, multi-use courts, a kick-about space, an urban orchard and an upgraded playground on that site and Tom Wright Park.

In a survey about the council’s concept plan, 223 people took part with 43.2 per cent supporting it, a further 35.6 per cent supporting it with changes, 11.7 per cent indicating they did not like it and 9.5 per cent did not say.

Lathlain resident Dawn Whitehurst, who has used tennis facilities in the area since 1963, said she was against having the courts at the site and wanted them at Lathlain Park.

“We need at least two courts to accommodate our club and other people who want to use them,” she said.

“The courts would mean sharing it with the netballers, which means we would be required to remove our net but they are heavy and we are all oldies.

“I’d like to see the tennis courts back at Lathlain Park, near the Caretaker’s Cottage.”

Town of Victoria Park chief executive officer Anthony Vuleta said the courts could not be accommodated in the appropriate layout in Zone 2 of Lathlain Park and so they needed to be incorporated into the former bowls club site.

“This was supported by the community during the workshops associated with the Lathlain Park management plan,” he said.

Mr Vuleta said the questions in the survey were formulated by an internal working group and were based on the outcomes of the workshops associated with the development of the Lathlain Park management plan and the design elements endorsed as part of the original Lathlain Park master plan.

“The results are being used to inform an updated version of the concept plan for Zone 2 and the former Lathlain/ Carlisle Bowls Club and Tom Wright Park site,” he said.

“The design elements will then be costed and submitted to the community reference group at the beginning of May for a prioritisation and participatory budgeting exercise.”