AN ongoing dispute between Melville council and a local volunteer who took it upon himself to improve a long-forgotten plot of land has boiled over.
Gavin Waugh’s unauthorised restoration of Brockman Park in Bull Creek has labelled “environmental vandalism” by the council.
Mr Waugh, who took an unused piece of Water Corporation land and terraformed it into an oasis, says his hard work has been destroyed at the behest of a jealous council who he called out for not following their own revegetation policies.
Mr Waugh claims the weir he built was necessary to rectify the natural flow of water, while Melville CEO Marten Tieleman countered that “as a result of unauthorised work in the area…plant drownings and waterway changes occurred.”
Mr Tieleman said the resulting pools of water posed a danger to children, with the “surrounding roads, park and residential properties placed at risk of potential flooding.”
At the behest of the council, the Water Corporation which owns the site conducted ‘major restorative works’, which Mr Waugh has characterised as “trashing” the habitat he had carefully crafted.
by JUSTIN STAHL