We have 600 parks and reserves spread across the City of Tea Tree Gully that cost approximately $4.5 million per year to maintain and are used for a wide range of recreation and leisure activities. These range from large to small reserves and sporting grounds, neighbourhood playgrounds, BMX, skate and linear parks to civic and community spaces.
A number of our City's smaller reserves such as Wye Reserve are in a natural, unimproved state and provide limited recreational opportunities or use for the local neighbourhood. These small reserves are often under utilised because of these reasons and because they are located close to other larger, popular reserves or playgrounds.
We are also mindful, however, that open space is an important part of living in our community and that the quality and value of our neighbourhoods are often characterised by the quality and nature of the public open spaces that exist within them.
Before Council took any further steps with regard to Wye Reserve, we were keen to hear from our community as to whether there was a greater community benefit in changing the classification of this land and to look at options for its uses, particularly in areas such as this where there is a high demand for more housing opportunities.
From 3 to 31 August 2011, the community was invited to provide feedback on this proposal. A public notice was published in the Leader and News Review Messengers advising of the proposal and ways for the community to have their say. Signage was also installed onsite advising of community engagement occurring in relation to the reserve.
Letters were sent to owners and occupiers of approximately 150 properties in the vicinity of the reserve with a feedback form and reply paid envelope. Information was accessible from Council’s website and included an online option for providing feedback. A total of 38 responses were received.
An onsite event at Wye Reserve was also held on Saturday 27 August from 11am to 1pm. Interested residents were invited to come and talk to Community Engagement staff and Elected Members about their views on the proposal. A free sausage sizzle was provided. Fourteen residents attended, most of which had either already provided feedback to Council or completed a feedback form onsite.
All feedback received was collated and analysed, and a community engagement outcomes report prepared.
Click on the link below to view this report which includes a table of all (de-identified) feedback received.
After considering all comments received from residents, Council resolved, on 11 October 2011, to continue the process to change the community land classification.
Council sought the consent of the Minister for State/Local Government Relations to proceed with the change of community land classification and potential sale of this land which was granted.
Local residents were advised and the land has since been sold with residential development of three allotments underway.
We will ensure that we continue to liaise with the local community about using a portion of potential sale funds to enhance nearby reserves, based on feedback received by the community.
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