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New public parkland for Clarinda one step closer

8 July 2016

Kingston Council has saved close to $2 million and fast-tracked works to transform an old landfill site into much-needed parkland for the community thanks to construction works at the level crossing removal projects.

Lantrak, a material re-use company, was recently awarded a contract to dispose of clean material caused by digging works at the nearby level crossing removals at Ormond/Bentleigh/McKinnon.

With more dirt than the company could handle, Kingston Council jumped at the chance to obtain a significant amount worth of dirt for free.

It was transported to the former Elder Street landfill and used to improve the level of capping – or protective layering – in areas of the future park.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said it was a great opportunity to save rate payers money and take a significant step closer to providing the Clarinda community with much-needed parkland.

“Council had expected to spend $2 million this financial year on the capping works, so this is a significant saving for ratepayers and has helped fast-track this park which is a great result for the community,” Cr Bearsley said.

“We have a number of former landfill sites in Kingston that we hope to one day transform into public parks, but the process is complicated, expensive and will take many years to complete.”

The former Elder Street landfill site has now been closed for 14 years and Council has been undertaking a wide range of remediation works to turn the site into a public park.

In coming months Council will be seeking community feedback on the landscaping and park design for this site.

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