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Work begins on storm damaged park

Wednesday, 29th September, 2010

South resident Alan Tucker in front of the Duff Street Park, where work has started on a shade sail. South resident Alan Tucker in front of the Duff Street Park, where work has started on a shade sail.

Council has started a redevelopment of the storm damaged Duff Street Park.

The park was severely affected by a windstorm in 2006 which saw many trees felled and equipment damaged. Former City Councillor Alan Tucker, a nearbyresident, said with summer approaching he had recently written to General Manager Frank Zaknichasking for improvements to encourage patronage of the park, and was pleased to see activity this week.

Mr Tucker said Council had an obligation to repair the damage done during the storms of 2005/2006. He said the tennis court had been unusable as the net had not been replaced for about three years and matting needed to be placed in the cricket nets to protect the children who use it for practice.

Mr Tucker also said Council had announced in 2006 that more trees would be planted to replace those lost in the storms, but that had not been done. “There is no mat in the cricket net, no net in the tennis court and there are no trees,” Mr Tucker said.

“I used to see kids go over to the tennis courts and put a rope up (as a makeshift net). “Because it’s ‘out the South’ they don’t care. “We need a community park for South Broken Hill ... (Councillor) Jamie (Mitchell) is trying to get things done.

“But no one is representing South Broken Hill ... I want to see it developed.” In line with an earlier recommendation Council on Friday began pouring cement pads in preparation for shade sails in the park. 

Mr Tucker said with further development the park would have a big future. “We need to push it along,” he said. “People around here will be a lot happier.” City Council was not available for comment on the immediate plans for the area.

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