Kingston calls on Government to find alternative site to keep Chain of Parks alive

first_imgKingston calls on Government to find alternative site to keep Chain of Parks alive Kingston calls on the Government to find alternative site to keep the Chain of Parks aliveKingston has called on the Victorian Government to work with Council to provide an alternative site for a much-needed and long-planned regional sporting facility in our Green Wedge, after it was announced that land earmarked for the Chain of Parks since 1994 will instead be acquired for the Suburban Rail Loop stabling yards.Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said while the Government’s decision to acquire the Kingston Road site in Heatherton for stabling yards was disappointing, Council understood it was required for the major city-shaping project.“We are naturally disappointed, and we are urging the Government to secure an alternative site in Kingston’s Green Wedge for the important regional sporting facility,” Cr Staikos said. “After significant work by Council, the Old Dandenong Road site was clearly identified in our Chain of Parks Masterplan as the perfect site for this unique new regional facility.”While Council will not be the deciding planning authority on the proposed stabling yards, Council is asking the Government to listen to local residents and work to address concerns.Cr Staikos said the loss of the Delta site meant it was vital that the State Government took urgent action to purchase the neighbouring Henry Street property to secure the Chain of Parks.The Victorian Government earmarked the Delta site and the neighbouring Henry Street site for public purchase over two decades ago but has not yet acted to secure them.“It is now more important than ever that the Government use the $25 million promised at the last state election to purchase land for the Chain of Parks,” Cr Staikos said. “Council is doing its bit having opened the Spring Road Reserve in Dingley Village and is now currently constructing a new park at Elder Street South in Clarinda. It’s time the Government honoured its commitment and bought the Henry Street site.”The Chain of Parks will create linked open spaces for the community to enjoy all the way from Karkarook Park to Braeside Park. For more than 30 years, successive Councils have advocated for changes to put an end to landfills in Kingston and replace them with much-needed parkland for the community to enjoy. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:City of Kingston, community, council, Dandenong, election, Government, Kingston, Loss, project, property, purchase, Victorialast_img read more