Long awaited playpark looks likely

Sophie and Kaydi Beggs with Nadija Stojkovski and other Landsdale residents who have asked the City to take management of land designated for a park because the developer left it as scrubland.d423483
Sophie and Kaydi Beggs with Nadija Stojkovski and other Landsdale residents who have asked the City to take management of land designated for a park because the developer left it as scrubland.d423483

Residents appealed to councillors to support their 45-signature petition to include the park in the City’s 10-year capital works program at the July 29 council meeting.

Giving a deputation before councillors made their decision, father Shane Pope said the park was a ‘failure’ in the Panorama Private Estate, left undeveloped with all lots now sold.

‘It’s the only local park in our area ” all we are left with is an unmaintained scrubland,’ he said.

‘The City of Wanneroo had not put any conditions on the developer to make that a usable public open space.’

Mr Pope said the nearest parks were about 1km away and the hilly area would make it difficult for the elderly, young children on bicycles and people pushing prams to get there.

‘We just don’t have a social hub to walk to,’ he said.

‘The area is nothing but roads and houses ” we are prisoners to our homes.

‘It’s really detrimental to the social fabric of the area.’

Another resident, Jessica Stajkovski, said the issue had been going on for years and residents had bought in the area dreaming of a being part of vibrant community.

‘Our hands are tied here, we need your help,’ she said to councillors.

‘That’s why we are asking to push for a management order.’

The former Landsdale Residents Association president said they did not expect a ‘green luscious park’ and were happy to have a nature park as long as children had a playpark.

‘We are not asking for a football field out there ” we’re asking for somewhere kids can play and meet before they get to kindy,’ she said.

The council unanimously supported a recommendation to include the park on the City’s review of passive parks in 2014.

Councillor Domenic Zappa successfully moved amendments that requested it also seek a management order of the park and list $55,000 for consideration in the 2015-16 capital works program to design the park, with work to start 2016-17.

‘The City needs to take action and build a sense of community,’ he said.

Several councillors said the City had not required the developer to build park facilities.

Lucy Jarvis