Council to consult with Waverley Park residents on possible new community infrastructure

 05 April 2017

Waverley Park powerlines

Update

A Community Information Session on the Community Benefits Package will now be held on Thursday, 27 April from 4pm-7.30pm at the Gladeswood Reserve Community Facility, Gladeswood Drive Mulgrave. 

A new community facility, improvements to two playspaces, and an open space and wetlands area are part of a $6.5 million revised community benefits package for Waverley Park put forward by Monash Council in response to a proposal by Mirvac.

Over coming weeks, Council will seek feedback from Waverley Park residents on what it is proposing.

Mirvac is required to fund improvements to the open space and community facilities in the Waverley Park estate as part of the decision by the Minister for Planning to amend the planning permit for the estate. The Minister granted the amendment in November 2016, allowing the existing powerlines in Waverley Park to remain above ground.

Mayor Rebecca Paterson said Council was suggesting several changes to Mirvac’s original proposal for community facilities and open space, in a bid to deliver a better overall outcome for residents.

“We have worked closely with Waverley Park residents in the past on the fight to have the powerlines re-located underground and we want to continue to work with them on the proposed improvement package,” Cr Paterson said.

She said Council had already built maintenance costs for existing open space in the estate into its future budgets. There may be an additional cost to maintain a 2.4 hectare wetland site under the powerlines which was announced after the Minister’s decision. There could also be extra maintenance costs for Waverley Park residents under the community benefits package proposed by Mirvac.

“Council’s response to the benefits package aims to decrease any cost impact on Waverley Park residents, compared with the original proposal put forward by Mirvac,” Cr Paterson said.

“We will speak to the Waverley Park community about the increased open space, standard of maintenance and any potential costs that they may need to meet. Council will consider all community feedback before making any final decision.”

Council changes to the original package proposed by Mirvac include:

  • focusing the improvements to parks in Gertrude Street and Lansdowne Circuit rather than all five parks across the estate;
  • re-locating the proposed community meeting space to the wetland park area andcombining the community meeting space funds and additional open space funds to achieve a community facility in the wetlands area;
  • Providing additional or upgraded seating and tables in all parks.

In Mirvac’s original proposal, $612,000 would go towards improvements to five existing small parks. Council believes it would be more beneficial for the community if the funding is focused on two parks, where substantial playgrounds could be created, rather than spread across the five small parks.

The proposal for a $690,000 community facility featuring a multi-purpose space in the stadium building has been revised by Council, with the community space proposed to be relocated to a new $4.2 million wetlands/open space area to be established adjacent to the power lines easement. Council is proposing that the $1 million set aside by Mirvac for additional public open space in the estate go towards this community facility.

Council is writing to all residents in Waverley Park to ask for their feedback on what is proposed. Residents will be able to provide feedback via a short survey (which will be open from Monday 10 April) at www.monash.vic.gov.au/waverley-park  and can also attend a public information session at Gladeswood Reserve on Wednesday 19 April. For more information, residents can call Sean McNamee, Manager – Strategic Planning, on 9518 3229.

 

Media Contact: Jo Robertson 0418 391 979 or email JoanneR@monash.vic.gov.au

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