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Bold plan for new regional sporting facility in Kingston’s Green Wedge

20 June 2017

Kingston Council has proposed an innovative solution to provide much-needed new playing fields for our community and is calling for Victorian Government support to progress the project.

Council is hoping to create new sports grounds in Kingston’s Green Wedge and has identified a site six times the size of Le Page Park in Cheltenham and four times the size of Carrum’s Roy Dore Reserve.

Kingston Mayor David Eden said the 34ha Delta site (91-185 Kingston Road) had been identified as a key potential site.

“Many sites in the Green Wedge are former landfill sites, which make it incredibly difficult to construct sporting pavilions as the land can shift and subside over time,” Cr Eden said.

However the Delta site – which has been subject to a State Government Public Acquisition Overlay for many years – has not been used for landfill and therefore is likely suitable for construction.   Council believes now is the perfect time for the Victorian Government to acquire the land for conversion into a regional sports facility.” 

Kingston Mayor David Eden has written to Premier Daniel Andrews this month seeking support for the plan – which requires the Victorian Government to acquire the site.

The solution was also presented to local MPs for their support at an MPs briefing earlier this month.

The upcoming construction projects for the Level Crossing Removal Project and the Metro Tunnel project present a unique opportunity to source large amounts of soil for the project.

“This could provide a cost-effective solution for both Council and the Victorian Government as transporting the soil long distances from the construction site can be costly for a construction project while purchasing of soil for local projects can cost millions in ratepayer funds,” Cr Eden said.

Kingston Mayor David Eden said investing in sporting facilities has been a key priority for Kingston Council over recent years with many millions of dollars invested to improve existing local facilities. 

“Our existing sites are already close to full capacity and growing demand across Kingston and the region – due to population increases and a fantastic increase in women’s participation – means new sporting grounds are needed,” Cr Eden said.  

 


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