Blacktown Council chatter: Reserve under scrutiny

AN ELECTRIC barbecue, more lighting and updated play equipment were some of the suggestions from Doonside residents on how to improve Bill Colbourne Reserve.

Blacktown councillors Stephen Bali and Jess Diaz attended a recent community meeting (pictured) arranged by the council, Blacktown police and Housing NSW.

There have been calls to improve the reserve after the recent rape of a teenage girl there.

"It was a fruitful and frank meeting," Cr Bali said.

"It was a good way for the locals to reclaim the reserve."

There are plans to hold a community barbecue there in September or October and look at ways to establish a Neighbourhood Watch in the area.

"We want to enhance the this community space so people can start using it again," Cr Bali said.

Resident Allan Jacklin wants more police patrols in the area, as well as improved lighting.

"I've lived here for 29 years and it has gotten worse," he said.

"People want to feel safe walking through the park again."

A council report about improving the reserve is expected to be presented to councillors before the end of June.

There are also calls to put a plaque in the reserve in honour of the late Bill Colbourne.

The ALP member served as NSW state secretary and as federal party president.

Cr Bali also suggested the reserve be considered for one of the council's proposed mega parks.


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