Council progresses plans for ’empty’ Hocking park

Hinckley Park in Hocking.
Hinckley Park in Hocking.

A HOCKING park could be developed within 18 months following council support to release a concept plan for public consultation.

Hinckley Park is a largely undeveloped 4.1ha space and the City of Wanneroo is proposing to create nature play areas, a three-on-three basketball court, kick-about turf, bike track and barbecue facilities.

It also plans to include a hill slide and rock wall to suit the topography of the park and a traditional play space with rubber softfall and shade sails.

A December council report said the $1.4 million proposal would go out for public consultation from January to February, with tenders invited in July and construction due to take place between October 2020 and April 2021.

This concept plan for Hinckley Park is due to go out for public consultation in January.

The report said there was limited water supply for the site, which had very few trees and sparse vegetation, and concerns about a water licence transfer delaying the council decision from November to December.

“The concept plan has considered the City’s existing water allocation and that of the developer’s water licence, which has now transferred to the City,” it said.

“Given the limited water supply for the site, the concept plan has made an allowance of 1.3ha of turf to be included in the design – equivalent to the size of a single soccer field.”

Councillors unanimously endorsed the concept plan for community engagement via the City’s website at their December 10 meeting, noting consultation would run from January 13 to February 7.

Cr Dot Newton said she was pleased to see plans for the “huge empty space” go out for consultation because residents had waited a long time to see it developed.

The City held a workshop in late 2018 to get ideas from the community about what features the park should have.

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An aerial view of Hinckley Park in Hocking. Picture: Nearmaps