Teenager petitions for park upgrade

Published on Friday 4 August, 2017

Mayor with Alicia and Mia Ward

When teenager Alicia Ward wanted the park opposite her Gosnells home upgraded and enhanced, she decided a petition to the City of Gosnells offered the best chance of getting the work done.

Alicia, 14, and her sister Mia, 9, approached neighbours and people living in the area around Dowitcher Loop Reserve, asking for their support.

She obtained 45 signatures for the petition, which asks the City to consider creating a community area and play park for the residents of Orchard Green Estate. Alicia’s petition was presented to a Council Meeting on 11 July.

“We really wanted somewhere that kids could play, make new friends and stay safe, and I thought it would be a good idea to ask people to sign a petition and take it to the Council,” Alicia said.

“My sister Mia and I spent two days going to all the houses in our neighbourhood, and some people weren’t home but we still got 45 signatures.”

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said it was encouraging to see a young resident of the City showing such enthusiasm and taking steps to beautify the area where she lived.

“I’m always really pleased to hear of young people like Alicia making an effort to participate in local government,” Mayor Searle said.

“This sort of active involvement in the City’s processes reinforces that the next generation cares about where they live and wants to make sure the City meets their needs now and into the future.”

Mayor Searle said Dowitcher Loop Reserve had been identified for enhancement in the City’s Public Open Space Strategy.

“The reserve is currently undeveloped and isolated by the Armadale railway line and Canning River, making it difficult to access other public open space. Increasing residential density nearby has also resulted in limited backyard space for children to play,” she said.

“These factors have created the demand for the reserve to be upgraded.”

The City has created a concept plan for the reserve, which includes a playground and shade sails, a basketball backboard, a drink fountain, pathways and substantial plantings and landscaping.

Work on upgrading the reserve is expected to begin before the end of the year, subject to finalisation of funding and approvals.