have contacted Council to discuss some safety concerns with the
parking along the entry road to the Wetlands. Parents unloading
young skaters and skaters exiting from the bridge need to be aware
that many cars do not adhere to the speed limits.
Council will install a sign warning skaters of the problem
but this still puts the responsibility for safety onto the
people who may be hit, not with the speeding drivers.
Pedestrians crossing the median strip need to be extra
careful when visiting the wetlands.
The Friends of Sturt River group has continued with their planting
programme with another session to fill out the bio-diversity
corridor. The efforts of this group have made a huge impact on the
plant growth around the wetlands and there is still more to come.
At the same time a residents' planting has taken place along The
Parade. Sadly some of the plants have been stolen. A 5 year old
told me that we should be pleased that the plants have been
appreciated so much that they were taken. The little garden on the
corner of Pethick and Bassi is still going strong with vegetables
The OERA thanks everyone who gets involved in this sort of work.
Volunteers often make a huge difference to how a community looks.
the new railway station was built the OERA was promised by the
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure that a
functioning security system would be maintained in the subway.
present system is not functioning as promised and the OERA will
contact DPTI asking that they remedy the problem.
Residents will have seen the changes to our district that have
occurred over the last couple of years. Many of our large corner
blocks are being split with new houses built. Often, when a house
is on sale in the area the question of whether the block can be
divided is raised. If the answer is "No", the prospective buyer
often walks away.
The aim here appears to be all about making money with no concern
with how this changes our community and impacts on the
infrastructure, such as parking and road access.
Council has informed us that at the moment there are no plans to go
further than allowing corner block sub-division. However, with the
recent changes implemented by State Government, this will not last
attempt to replant lawns for the wetland has recently been
undertaken. Thankfully there has been some soil remediation and
although growth has been slow it looks to be gradually filling in.
the same time the works compound on Pethick Reserve has been removed
and the ground repaired. There are still some kerb and road repairs
to be made along Melanto Terrace and through Fiscom Street but they
should be completed as the drainage system is installed. This has
been a long, slow, stop-start process.
Committee Members have commenced collection of the 2017 $5 annual
subscription for our Association. Funds collected have in the past
been used to cover insurance, newsletters, the BBQ, signage and