Land purchase in play

COCKBURN’S admin will meet with Mayor Logan Howlett and other councillors next month to brief them on issues raised by the South Beach Community Group (“Play fair,” Herald, Saturday February 24).

The SBCG says North Coogee is being robbed of playgrounds by a glitch in the rules which allocates green space on the basis of how big a suburb is, rather than its population. North Coogee’s a high-density development but will get no more open space than suburbia.

The council sent the Herald a release this week saying it was in the process of completing a study into sporting precincts in the western suburbs, which includes the consideration of expansion of existing facilities and reserves, together with the development of new sites.

It included a study into the North Coogee area which has included the option of purchasing land for playing fields.

“At this stage, it is intended to present the draft study to council around May this year and staff will be recommending a period of public comment once council has endorsed this study,” the report said.

The plan which led to North Coogee’s proposed allocation of play areas won’t be adopted until after the western suburbs study is complete, which may not be until August.

The council says SBCG were wrong to claim low-density Treeby would be getting tree sports area, saying it’s getting two single AFL-sized ovals.

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