David Vincent Reserve

Media Response 17 July 2014
Please attribute the following comments to City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty

Residents are upset over the mulch that has been put in on this park.  What type of mulch is it?

The mulch is created from tree prunings and is used by the City extensively in garden beds. It is available to residents of the City free of charge from the Collier Park Waste Transfer station (Cnr Hayman Road and Thelma Street, Como). 

Why was it put in? When was it put it in?
The mulch was put in as part of a new design for David Vincent Reserve to save water. It was installed during January and February 2014.

The City is committed to reducing its groundwater use to meet requirements by the Department of Water.  The City has adopted the practices of ‘hydro-zoning’ and ‘eco-zoning’, which essentially means retaining irrigated turf in areas where it is most suitable, mulching other areas and planting low water use native plants.  The ‘other’ areas are either too shady for turf to grow or have limited to no irrigation.  Further reasons for hydro-zoning and eco-zoning can be found on the City’s website.

Is the City aware of residents concerns?
The City is aware that some residents are unhappy with the changes to David Vincent Reserve.

What does the City plan to do with the mulch now? Is there another plan for the park?

The City is implementing a revised plan following initial input from residents within close proximity to the Reserve, followed by a democratic vote by the wider community.

Does the City see the mulch as a fire hazard?
The City does not see the mulch as a fire hazard.

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