Council makes land demand

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KINGSTON COUNCIL is calling for the state government to follow through on their promise to invest in the Chain of Parks project.

The Chain of Parks project has seen council purchase former landfill sites with the aim of turning them into linked parkland spaces. Earlier this year council spent $2.6 million on 3.02 hectares of land in Clarinda for the project, and commenced work at the Victory Road parkland site.

In the leadup to the state election at the end of last year, the state government pledged that creating “the Sandbelt Parklands, a 355 hectare chain of parks running from Moorabbin to Dingley Village with walking and bike trails, conservation and adventure play areas” would be part of a $150 million investment into parklands statewide.

Kingston mayor Georgina Oxley has called on the government to follow through on their promise to commit funding to the project by asking them to purchase two sites “at the highest priority”.

“Council is pleased the Victorian government has committed funding to deliver the Chain of Parks, a long held vision to create new parkland and trails in Kingston’s northern suburbs that will link Karkarook Park through to Braeside Park,” Cr Oxley said.

“Soon the area’s landfill sites will be closed for good and replaced with open space for the community to enjoy. Council wants the Delta and Henry Street landfill sites acquired as a matter of priority as the first step towards creating vital new parkland, trails and sporting facilities.”

Both sites are in Heatherton.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 4 September 2019

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