Save our Parks.

March 29th, 2014

Appalled and upset and betrayed. These are the feelings I have on learning recently that Council has decided to sell some of our parks. These parks were the open space component of the residential developments that surround them. The Planning Scheme still requires development to provide open space so I simply don’t understand how Council can now decide parks are not needed. Recently Council also decided to build a carpark for a kindergarten in a public park at Scarness.
Doesn’t Council realise that our small pocket parks are essential breathing spaces? These parks are treasured by the residents that live around them. Many residents actively seek to live adjacent or in close proximity to a local park.
Parks are a play space. They are a breathing space. Many of them contain trees which are home to many and varied wildlife. Parks help clean our air. Parks are even more essential in these times when backyards are becoming extinct. Where else can children run and play? Where else can our more senior community members take a leisurely stroll? Walk their dog?
In Palmwood Dve in Dundowran Beach is a small park. It is covered in native palm trees unique to our coastal area. Div 5 Cr Rolf Light has told me that he supports the selling of our parks because selling ‘unproductive’ land is a good thing to do!
I ask Cr Light and his colleagues when did they ask us, their constituents, if we believed our parks were unproductive? Tenders were called before Xmas. Some parks, I believe, have their fate sealed already!
I did not know that this Council has plans to sell our parks. Yes parks cost money to maintain so why not do what other Councils do and develop a volunteer Friends of the Parks scheme? But to sell off our children’s future just for the sake of making money appalls me. Councillors please rethink this ridiculous and harmful strategy. Save our Parks!

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