Rhonda Diano oval … If you live on Eastside, you …

Comment on Alice on track for athletics by Maya.

Rhonda Diano oval … If you live on Eastside, you wouldn’t know.
It is a gem in the northern area of Braitling, where the whole community enjoys, at all hours of day, the open space, the view on the hills, the well maintained grass area, the coolness of summer evenings, the sport amenities available to “Little Athletics” and the Master Games.
Only there can dads take their kids for a run or cricket training, the area is already of Olympic size with eight lanes for the 400m, and all other track and field events.
And, as a gift to the less sport inclined, there is the pizza shop behind and plenty of sitting benches for lazy talks while dogs meet their canine friends.
In my 30 years experience in this town, this is the only park which is used happily by all with a feel of freedom and a non-discriminatory community spirit.
But Alice seems to have been hit by a disease: the need for protective enclosures!
Wherever you go there are fences, not even pretty cottage white picket fence, but high, solid steel, prohibiting, limiting.
Soon we’ll need an ID at the gate to have a run at sunset, and the rates will increase by more than 6% as fencing does not come cheap.
Please whatever the reasons, Braitling says Do Not Fence Diano Park! And remember, the Chief Minister is the MLA for Braitling.

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