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Council keeps its eye firmly on the future – a new park for the Cheltenham Activity Centre

8 September 2017

Cheltenham residents will be able to enjoy much-needed open space at a brand new park to be created by Kingston Council.

Council has purchased two neighbouring house blocks in Barker Street to provide local residents with a brand new park, close to the heart of the Cheltenham activity centre.

Mayor David Eden said Council jumped at the opportunity to provide much-needed open space in the area when the two house blocks came onto the market.
“Council’s Open Space strategy identified this area as a priority and we are proud to provide a new neighbourhood park,” Cr Eden said.
 
“We’ll be working closely with the community in coming months to design a green oasis in the busy area,” Cr Eden said.
 
The area is home to a growing number of people with approximately 350 new dwellings built since 2011, and several new developments underway.
 
The two properties will provide around 1100sqm of open space and cost $2.9million – which was paid for using developer contributions from the area.
 
The new park is expected to be opened in late 2019.
 
“Every time a new housing development is built, a contribution must be provided to help upgrade local infrastructure to meet growing demand,” Cr Eden said.
 
“This park has been purchased using those funds and will ensure the new residents moving into the area have access to a local park right on their
doorstep.”
 
While rising property prices make purchasing properties for new parkland difficult, Council has been investing in strategic sites to meet growing population in key areas.
 
“Recent projects have included purchasing property to create the expanded Reg Marlo Reserve in Mentone and increasing open space next to the Parkdale Library,” Cr Eden said.
 
“Council has also created new public parkland in Dingley with the opening of Spring Road Reserve last year and plans to turn the former landfill sites at Elder Street South and Victory Road into open space in coming years as the sites are rehabilitated.”
 
Cr Eden said Council was able to invest in these small-scale projects but required assistance from the Victorian Government for a major project to provide a new regional sportsground to meet an urgent need for more sporting fields.
 
“Council is taking action and now is perfect time for the Victorian Government to purchase the 34ha Delta site at 91-185 Kingston Road to provide much-needed sporting fields for the entire region,” Cr Eden said.
 
“The Hawthorn Football Club has also jumped at the chance to establish in Kingston’s Green Wedge, investing around $7m on its new 28ha Dingley headquarters.”
 
“When Melbourne was first settled it took vision to establish the iconic parks we enjoy today. Now, this site – and the upcoming construction works on the Melbourne Metro and Level Crossing Removals projects – are a fantastic opportunity to meet fast-growing demand for sporting fields for years to come.”
 
Kingston Council has written to Premier Daniel Andrews seeking support for the plan and presented the idea to local MPs for their support recently. 
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