Stop construction of sewerage recycling plant at Ruffey Lake Park
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Yarra Valley Water - do not build a sewerage recycling plant at Ruffey Lake Park, one of Manningham's most beautiful, natural, pristine parks, visited by thousands of people from all over Melbourne.
Ruffey Lake Park is subject to a Heritage Overlay because it is steeped in rich historical significance. This history must be respected and protected from industrialisation.
Ruffey Lake Park is a peaceful, serene environment in the centre of urban Doncaster, where thousands of people of all ages, from all walks of life, from near and from afar, come to enjoy the natural environment and find peace from the rigours of every day life. The park also has a diverse ecosystem, being home to many plants and native animals.
Yarra Valley Water describes the proposed site as "a passive open space area away from the busiest areas of the park".
This is a fallacy! No part of Ruffey Lake Park is "passive".
The proposed site for the sewerage recycling plant is near the main entrance to the park and a delightful Children's Adventure Playground, loved by thousands of children of all ages and their families.
There is a network of paths that pass around the proposed site that form part of two different path circuits that connect all sections of Ruffey Lake Park. These paths are used on a daily basis - by walkers, fitness groups, people walking their dogs, parents with prams, joggers, people with wheelchairs, bike-riders - many different people, young and old. The proposed site is beautiful, it is natural, not only for those passing through and around it, but it is also very visible from many other aspects of Ruffey Lake Park, including but not limited to the nearby Children's Adventure Playground and barbecue and picnic areas. The proposed site has picturesque views and itself looks lovely from many different aspects of Ruffey Lake Park, due to the hilly, undulating landscape of the park.
Nearby Doncaster Gardens Primary School has been using the proposed site for many years for Cross Country running events that are thoroughly enjoyed by the students.
The proposed site at Ruffey Lake Park is not passive - it is just as valued and utilised as every other part of the park.
No industrialised structure can ever blend into this natural haven that has been preserved for decades to maintain not only the rich history and natural beauty of the park but also the quality of life of Manningham residents and the broader community.
The proposed site at Ruffey Lake Park is furthest away from the mandated recycled water area in Doncaster Hill, and closer to nearby homes, compared with other proposed sites.
The proposed site at Ruffey Lake Park is currently a beautiful area in the vicinity of:
- local roads;
- homes facing towards the proposed sewerage recycling facility, that currently have serene park views;
- extensive sporting facilities at Rieschiecks Reserve;
- historical buildings, namely Schramms Cottage, which is open to the public, and "Friedensruh" Cottage;
- barbecue and picnic areas; and
- a network of shared walking/riding paths.
The enjoyment of thousands of people, both locals and others from afar, will be adversely affected should the sewerage recycling plant be built at Ruffey Lake Park at the centre of what is essentially an outdoor community hub.
We are also concerned about the risk that our park will be contaminated with unpleasant odours and noise pollution.
Our park must not be compromised with industrialisation and commercialisation.
We simply won't accept a sewerage recycling plant at Ruffey Lake Park!
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