The Liberal Nationals government have promised to reserve the majority of former Gas and Fuel land in Highett for community use, if elected in November this year.
The land, located adjacent to Sir William Fry Reserve on Nepean Highway, would provide the local community with new sporting grounds, public recreation facilities and open space areas.
The creation of extra sporting ovals and facilities is a move that would be warmly welcomed by the SFNL.
With the league continuing to grow and expand alongside the recent rise of women’s football, the concept of new facilities and ovals is a welcome sight for local clubs in the area.
The proposal would feature heavy involvement from local sporting clubs, associations and residents in conjunction with the Liberal Nationals government.
The scheme would be a major boost for the local community with the extra recreational spaces providing much needed open space for local families and young athletes.
In contrast, the Andrews government plans to sell the land and erect 26 metre high residential towers instead, much to the reluctance of local residents.
Opposition leader Matthew Guy claiming his party will protect the area from inappropriate development so current and future generations of Highett can have a spacious recreational park.
“We don’t want to see a situation where Daniel Andrews ignores the local community and proceeds with erecting 26m high residential towers on this land” Mr Guy said.
“The choice for local people couldn’t be clearer. Daniel Andrew’s and Labor’s plan to sell this land or a Liberal Government that will reserve this land for the enjoyment of local families”.
Liberal Candidate for Mordialloc, Geoff Gledhill also pledged his support to creating a community space which can be enjoyed by all.
“Retention of this land for community use is an essential step in providing for the current and future needs of the cities of Bayside, Kingston and Glen Eira” said Mr Gledhill.
In addition to the creation of the recreational facilities, commuter car parking for both Southland and Highett railway stations will also be included as part of the development plans.