Property purchased for reserve ‘access’

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KINGSTON Council has splashed out $2.49 million on a property in Moorabbin to “improve pedestrian access between Moorabbin Junction and Moorabbin Reserve.”

The property at 2 Horscroft Place will be turned into green space. The mayor Georgina Oxley said the “purchase will encourage commuters to catch a train and walk to the redeveloped home of St Kilda Football Club and beyond, to Holmesglen Tafe and Holmesglen Private Hospital.” 

“This green space will better connect the community and visitors to Moorabbin Reserve, and provide much needed additional green space for the suburb’s growing population,’ she said.

St Kilda Football Club CEO Matt Finnis said “the most appealing aspect of returning to Moorabbin was the chance to reconnect with the community in our heartland. One of the great strengths of the sporting precinct is the number of community groups who benefit from the facilities.”

“Improving the access from Moorabbin junction is an important step in increasing the accessibility to the facilities, particularly as more community assets come online,” he said.

Council spent $5 million on “stage one” works at the facility in 2017.

Cr Oxley said the “stage two” works at Moorabbin Reserve will “see the addition of a new aquatic facility, a 1000 seat grandstand, increased car parking spaces and facilities to accommodate a woman’s football league.” Those works are scheduled to finish at the end of the year.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 24 April 2019

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