MORE public open space for cramped Vincent is the aim of a new plan floated by councillors Emma Cole, Dan Loden and Susan Gontaszewski.
The trio put up a notice of motion at Tuesday’s council meeting saying they want a 20 per cent increase in parks, fields, ovals, piazzas and the like.
It’s been an ongoing issue for the city and likely to get more prickly as its population grows from 37,000 to a projected 54,000 in the next 20 years.
Currently Vincent has about 8 per cent open space, while WA Planning Commission benchmarks say it should be at least 10 per cent.
There’s already been territorial clashes between soccer players and dog walkers, while last year the Voice also revealed “doggie mafias” ruling some parks and not playing nice with unaligned pooches considered troublesome to the civilised crowd.
Cr Cole says even though Vincent’s not looking too bad percentage-wise for open space, some people have a long hike to their nearest park or piazza, especially in parts of Mount Hawthorn.
There’s a few options on the table for increasing open space, from buying up land to cheaper solutions like closing off low-usage roads and turning them into mini parks.
Cr Cole says one spot that could make for some easy open space is “the scorched earth patch” next to the community garden at Woodville Reserve.
“You could easily open that up to Namur Street, provide access and make that useable,” she said.
Councillors unanimously backed their idea, asking staff to prepare a plan and figure out the costs for the 2017/2018 budget.
by DAVID BELL