Petition seeks preservation

Lot 971 Creaney Drive, which is just south of Kingsley Oval, is one of a number of lots identified by the City as excess to its needs.

It is proposed that if the land is sold it is to be developed for aged persons’ housing and the money raised set aside for the planned Joondalup Performing Arts and Cultural Facility.

Kingsley and Greenwood Residents’ Association secretary and lead petitioner David Blackburn said the site contained 127 mature jarrah, 16 she-oak and 16 tuart trees.

‘Such mature vegetation is becoming rare and our council can exercise foresight and preserve it for the current and future generations of City of Joondalup residents,’ he said.

‘Kingsley is a developed suburb and the clearing of remnant bushland should be well in the past.’

Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt said no decision had been made on the lot’s future.

‘Should Council support the initiation of an amendment to rezone Lot 971 or to sell the vacant lot, this proposal would be subject to the City’s comprehensive community consultation and public advertising processes,’ he said.

‘The City encourages the development of aged persons’ housing within Joondalup to help cater for an ageing population.’