Waverley Park Open Space and Community Facility Improvements

Consultation closing on 12 May 2017

Waverley Park powerlines

Council is seeking community feedback on the $6.5 million open space and community facility improvements that are being proposed for the Waverley Park estate.

Feedback is sought by Friday 12 May.

Council is suggesting some changes to the improvements that Mirvac has proposed, with our aim being to deliver a better overall outcome for the Waverley Park community.

What is being proposed?

The package proposed by Mirvac includes:

  • $612,000 in open space improvements to the five existing small parks
  • A $690,000 community meeting space and facility upgrade in the stadium building
  • $1 million in additional open space improvements in the Waverley Park Estate or outside of the estate but accessible to the Waverley Park community

There is also an allocation of $4.2 million for 2.4 hectares of new open space and wetlands under and adjacent to the powerlines easement. Council's proposal would also include this component.

See the Waverley Park Estate - Initial Wetlands Concept Plan (PDF, 2MB)

Council has suggested some changes to the package including:

  • Focusing the park improvements in Gertrude Street and Lansdowne Circuit (parks 1C and 4G in the plan below) rather than all five parks. This allows for substantial playground to be created at these parks rather than spreading the funds across five parks which would result in smaller playgrounds
  • Relocating the proposed community meeting space to the wetland area and combining the funds for the community meeting space ($690,000) and additional open space funds ($1 million) to achieve a stand-along, modern community facility
  • Providing additional or upgraded seating and tables in all five parks.

See the park plan (PDF, 270KB)

By suggesting changes to Mirvac’s proposal, Council has tried to minimise any potential cost impact on Waverley Park residents compared with the original proposal put forward by Mirvac.

Council has already built maintenance costs  for the existing open space into future budgets.

However, there may be a cost to Waverley Park residents to maintain the additional wetland site (part of both Council and Mirvac’s proposals).

There could also be extra maintenance costs for residents resulting from the other improvements.

Council is investigating the potential costs and will update this page once that assessment is completed.

Have your say

To have your say on what is proposed you can:

  • Attend a drop-in community information session at the Gladeswood Reserve community facility (Gladeswood Drive, Mulgrave) on Thursday 27 April, from 4pm-7.30pm. There is no need to book; just turn up.
  • Fill in the online survey
  • Give us your feedback over the phone or request a hard copy of the survey be mailed to you by contacting 9518 3620

Background

The developer of the Waverley Park estate Mirvac is required to fund improvements to the open space and community facilities in the estate. This is a requirement from the Minister for Planning following his approval of an amended permit for the estate, which allowed the high-voltage powerlines to remain above ground.

Under the conditions of the amended permit, Mirvac is required to put forward a package of improvements for Council’s approval.

More information is available in the report considered by Council at its 28 March 2017 meeting:

Report to Council Waverley Park Community Benefits Package (PDF, 153KB)

Location

Waverley Park, Cnr Wellington Rd and Sir Kenneth Luke Blvd, Mulgrave 3170 View Map

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