Poonindie residents have say on reserve future

RESERVE: Mick Minto says he would like to see a trail created that was high enough so as not to be affected by flooding in winter.
RESERVE: Mick Minto says he would like to see a trail created that was high enough so as not to be affected by flooding in winter.

Poonindie residents have painted the picture of what they want to see done at the Poonindie Reserve, including a walking trail but keeping the overall natural look.

The Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council sent out questionnaires to Poonindie residents on November 19, asking what future improvements were needed at the reserve.

Of the 57 questionnaires sent to residents, the council received 19 responses by the December 13 cut off date.

The most conclusive results showed 74 per cent wished to see vegetation thinned out, referring to the level of maintenance, and 84 per cent for minor, low impact improvements such as a trail and benches.

Residents voted against improvements like a major playground, barbecue facilities and more parking.

From the recommendations the council voted in favour of improvements at its meeting on January 17.

Improvements include an all-weather walking/biking trail through the reserve linking Natasha Drive and Benjamin Road, installing a few tables and chairs, a maximum of three minor playground pieces scattered within the reserve and general tidying up of vegetation within the fenced-off stormwater outfall area.

Mick Minto lives next door to the reserve and filled out one of the surveys.

He said the results were in line with what he had provided in his response.

"Everyone wants the reserve to be a subtle thing, not like a city park and the school want the to stay similar to what it is because they bring students here for nature play," he said.

"I really just want to see more people be able to use it safely."

Mr Minto said a raised, neat trail was essential so people could be able to move through the reserve effectively during winter.

He said it was great that the council reached out to residents to get their input.

"It makes all the more sense to come out and talk to people who will be affected by what is going to happen here," he said.

Councillor Dave Barrowcliff said the the council have got a good feeling on what the people wanted.

"Everyone in the Poonindie community wants to keep it simple," he said.

Councillor Steve Woolley congratulated staff for making a comprehensive survey in a short amount of time and the Poonindie residents for their participation.

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