Council votes 'no' to land sale

 25 February 2015

Monash Council won't be selling a piece of public land in Oakleigh after listening to concerns raised by the local community.

Council had proposed to sell the land, at the corner of Hanover St and Atherton Rd to a developer.

The land currently provides public car parking and is where the Oakleigh Rotary Sunday Market is held.

Many local residents and the Rotary market organisers were opposed to a sale, with Council receiving a petition with 3000-plus signatures against a sale.

At last night's Council meeting, Council voted to abandon the proposal.

Mayor Paul Klisaris said the decision demonstrated how much importance the Council placed on feedback from its community.

“This is an example of local democracy in action,” Cr Klisaris said.

“We’re not going to push ahead with a proposal that is so unpopular in the Oakleigh community,” he said.

“I hope members of the Oakleigh community feel that their voices have been heard.”

Cr Klisaris said if the sale had proceeded, Council would have ensured that an alternative location in Oakleigh was identified for the market.

“Council values the market and always intended to ensure it remained in Oakleigh,” he said.

“Having said that, I can understand why there were concerns that a land sale could have disrupted the market.”

Council thanks developer Consolidated Properties for the time and effort they invested in developing the proposal.

Subscribe to page updates

Fields marked as 'Required' must be completed.