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.
Council submitted its Every Bit Counts petition to State Parliament on Wednesday 19 September.
Glen Eira Mayor Cr Tony Athanasopoulos said the petition is in response to two valuable green space opportunities in Carnegie and Murrumbeena that have been earmarked for potential development by the State Government.
“The Every Bit Counts campaign commenced in July and received 891 signatures and 314 emails from residents, businesses and the broader community in support of protecting two important green spaces for future generations,” he said.
“The two spaces are the former Woorayl Street Reserve adjacent to Carnegie Station, and an area in Murrumbeena Shopping Precinct where Council intends to create a Village Green.”
Petitioners specifically requested that the State Government:
- abandon plans to build a development on Woorayl Street Reserve in Carnegie and gift this open space back to the community; and
- change the site location of a proposed development next to the new Murrumbeena train station to enable Council to create a new Village Green in the heart of the Murrumbeena shopping precinct — a large grassed area, shaded by trees that can be accessed by the community at all times.
Cr Athanasopoulos said he knows firsthand how little open space exists in the City of Glen Eira, and how precious the green space we do have is.
“The City of Glen Eira has the least amount of open space per person of any council area in Melbourne, with many residents living further than the recommended 400 metres from open space,” he said.
“We must make every bit of open space count for future generations.”
For further information, visit www.haveyoursaygleneira.com.au/everybitcounts