By Claire Ottaviano
A COMMUNITY meeting is being held next week to discuss public engagement on the draft masterplan of Morgan John Morgan Reserve in Glen Forrest.
The Shire of Mundaring is currently asking for feedback on the plan via its website, which includes more seating, a gazebo, exercise equipment and fencing to protect small children from the road, until November 30.
The masterplan also includes the installation of more train carriages and a path to link the park to the adjacent community garden.
However, older children and teenagers of Glen Forrest say their need for sport and recreation facilities in the $200,000 redevelopment of the reserve has been ignored.
Glen Forrest Residents and Ratepayers Association’s Dan Hookham said young people aged five to 19 made up 22 per cent of Glen Forrest’s population but there were no facilities planned for older children in the masterplan.
“Young people are key stakeholders in the consulting process, and I am working with the Shire to get them involved,” he said.
“The council says it is keen to work with the community to gather input into the further development of the park, so that should include all groups, not just those who contribute online.”
Glen Forrest families recently took to social media to voice their desire for more amenities for young kids to foster outdoor exercise, social interactions and better mental health.
A list of requests, including a basketball court, have already been submitted for consideration with a further request for more in-depth engagement on the masterplan.
Parent Jean Byrne said residents listed accessibility and youth equipment as top priority during community festival Bark in the Park.
“Accessibility and youth inclusiveness could both be achieved with this funding,” she said.
“We envision a beautiful integrated walking track around the park connecting the new accessible toilets with the rest of the park and additional youth facilities on the west end of the park to meet the needs of young people in the area.”
She disagreed with the addition of the new train carriages, saying more focus should be on celebrating First Nations and cultural history.
Shire infrastructure services director Shane Purdy said the grant was provided by the Federal Government to continue work on the masterplan, developed around 2015.
“Due to the passage of time that has passed we are re-engaging with the community via our online portal, Engage Mundaring, to receive feedback on the masterplan to finalise these elements,” he said.
“All members of the community, including youth, are encouraged to comment.
“After reviewing the feedback the various identified works will be finalised, noting works must be completed in the first half of 2021.”
Residents can contribute their thoughts at the Glen Forrest Residents and Ratepayers Association meeting on Tuesday, November 3, which will be held on Zoom via the Facebook page.