Drainage issues continue to plague Jimbub Reserve in Tapping

Drainage issues continue to plague Jimbub Reserve in Tapping

DRAINAGE issues continue to plague the development of a park in Tapping.

The master plan for Jimbub Reserve was approved by Wanneroo City Council in 2011 and included play and fitness equipment, a carpark, sports amenities building and floodlighting.

Following the filling-in of the swamp and creation of a playing field, drainage issues were identified, with the City of Wanneroo implementing a sub-soil drainage system.

Work continued in 2014 to install a playground, park furniture and cricket nets, but the City found ongoing problems with drainage meaning hydrological and geotechnical investigation would need to be undertaken before construction of the sports amenities building, car- park and floodlighting could occur.

Councillors endorsed the concept plans for the proposed developments at the May 24 meeting but Cr Dianne Guise urged City officers to ensure in-depth hydrological investigation was done.

“If we’re able to find a spring there, I would urge them to find out how we could harvest that water and use it elsewhere,” she said.

“If this is an opportunity for us to solve a couple of problems at the same time it’s worth doing, even if there are additional costs.”

Council approved transferring $80,000 from another project’s budget shortfall to fund the site investigations.