Yesterday the Ombudsman tabled a report in Parliament — Investigation into three councils’ outsourcing of parking fine internal reviews. The report makes three recommendations for reform to the State Government and two recommendations for the three councils subject to the review — including Glen Eira City Council.
The State Government has made two funding announcements this weekend for projects in Glen Eira — the redevelopment of the King George Reserve Pavilion in Bentleigh East and the construction of a multi-use community hub at Murrumbeena Park.
Glen Eira Mayor Cr Tony Athanasopoulos thanked the State Government for the generous contributions and said that this is a great result for the Glen Eira community, especially our local sports clubs.
"King George Reserve and Murrumbeena Park provide a foundation on which a strong, connected and vibrant community has been built. These facilities are vital parts of our local community where people of all ages connect, play and grow," he said.
"Our pavilions are heavily utilised and are at capacity with growing sports clubs, regular community tenants and frequent casual bookings. Funding for both of these projects will enable us to meet the needs of our growing community."
For the King George Reserve Pavilion, Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos announced an extra $275,000 will be provided by the State Government towards the $1.6 million project. The State Government has previously provided $100,000 towards the redevelopment. The balance of $1.225 million has been funded by Council, with construction planned to commence in early 2018–19.
The project will feature Environmentally Sustainable Design initiatives, four multipurpose accessible change areas with female-friendly bathrooms, a new social space and storage areas for the tenant clubs.
Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos announced $2 million of funding for a community hub at Murrumbeena Park. Council will contribute more than $9 million towards this project in the long-term financial plan.
While a final design is yet to be developed, the project will deliver a multipurpose community hub and sporting pavilion, together with facilities for community groups, events and functions, landscaping and footpath improvements.
Council will undertake further community consultation and design of the new hub in 2018–19, with construction anticipated to commence in the 2019–20 financial year.