Planning Ahead 

An update from the Ferny Grove Upper Kedron & Keperra Residents Association

Happy 2022 !  As mentioned in our previous columns, our Association presented a community-led budget submission to Cr Toomey of The Gap Ward in October 2021. The submission included recommendations on expenditure categories within BCC’s budget being: local roads, parks, bikeways, footpaths, reserves and public transport.

BCC is Australia’s largest council by population size, so understandably its budget process is staged over many months.  We were advised that the budget category being reviewed by Council in November/December related to Parks so we’re pleased to provide an extract from our budget submission relating to that category and intended to inform Council in shaping its decisions.

The most frequently requested improvements applying across all parks in the area were:

  • Toilets

  • Exercise / Play Equipment

  • Shading

  • Seating

  • Off Leash dog parks with more poop bags/bins

  • Dog agility equipment in the dog parks

  • A new dog-safe gate at the UK Recreation Reserve dog park to allow safe entry/exit from the Charolais Crescent side of the park.

There are also some local parks that residents feel have had minimal maintenance and require attention by Council:

  • McGinn Road Park (improved access to the ponds)

  • McAlroy Road Park

There are also some significant aspirational opportunities for the larger parks, being the Upper Kedron Recreation Reserve and the Honeyeater Street parklands.

  • Dirt bike / BMX tracks

  • Skate Park

  • Cycle training circuit

Improved access to and wildlife protection in conservation and reserve spaces was also a feature. Of importance to the community for this category are:

  • Allow safe access to Honeyeater Park along the creek

  • Allow safe access to all greenspaces within Ellendale

  • Plant out Levitt Road Land into a parkland / bird sanctuary

  • Connect wildlife corridors with plantings

  • Installation of wildlife connection infrastructure (eg. Possum bridges, koala access etc.)

Longer term, we also alerted Council to the need for planning for when the Upper Kedron quarry lease expires and consider converting that land to a community greenspace.

While the final budget allocation will be determined by Council, we trust they will have regard to these community recommendations and look forward to sharing details of what we submitted relating to other budget categories in future columns.

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