New Premier Play Space Proposed for the City

The City of Melville will be inviting the community to have their say from Monday, 10 July 2017, on an initial concept design for a new multi-generational premium play space that is being proposed for the south east neighbourhood of the City.

Earmarked for Bob Gordon Reserve in Bull Creek, the concept for the proposed play space incorporates a number of initiatives that were identified by a Community Reference Group (CRG) to be key elements of the space.

Some of these features include:

  • a central gathering space;
  • allowances for transitional food and coffee vendors;
  • playground options for different sensory and development stages;
  • educational bush garden area;
  • exercise equipment, exercise and recreational areas;
  • toilet (including accessible options), picnic, shade and barbecue facilities; and
  • a skate area and BMX pump track to compliment the existing BMX competition track.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the City received a petition from the community in September 2015 asking for the development of an extensive playground at Peter Ellis, Leeming.

“In May 2016, Council accepted a motion to include $50,000 in the 2016-2017 draft budget (funded from the public open space reserve) for Park Development Planning in the Eastern Section of the City (south of Leach Highway),” said Mayor Aubrey.

“This decision also resolved to delay any further discussion regarding the community petition until options has been explored for a significant playground across the Leeming and Bull Creek areas.

“The City engaged with members of the Leeming and Bull Creek community, who came together to form a CRG to identify their preferences for the location and style of a new play space within the south eastern neighbourhood.

“Through a number of meetings and review of information, the CRG came to propose Bob Gordon Reserve in Bull Creek as the most suitable location for the new park and made recommendations on suitable uses for the space.”

“The feedback will inform the final concept plan and form part of the business case to build the play space, aiming to be presented to Council later in the year.”

CRG Member David Cameron said all areas were considered (for the location) in an open discussion and Bob Gordon Reserve was the best and most appropriate site in the area.

“Bob Gordon has the space, parking, access and facilities in a central location. It provides an opportunity to enhance the local community and provide a fabulous community resource with a truly innovative play area,” said Mr Cameron.

Residents wishing to view and comment on the draft Concept Plan can do so from Monday, 10 July 2017 until Friday, 4 August 2017 at www.melvilletalks.com.au.