Friends of McConnell Reserve
WESTERN PORTION OF McCONNELL SALE DEFERRED
Council has published their Open space strategy update and it includes upgrade to the eastern portion in 2021-22. The design and consultation will happen in 2020....watch this space.
Not a lot has happened
Following a successful campaign Led by Travis Smith, the 5049 CC deputation to Marion
Council on 26th September was successful! Council resolved to defer the sale pending development of the eastern side in consultation with the community and test the demand before considering options for the western portion.
Councillor Tim Gard lead the motion to defer having been a keen advocate of the sell off previously, see extract from Tim's entry in the latest 5049 Communicator:
"Following further talks with residents of Marino, I changed my view and I’ve managed
to successfully move at Council, at least a temporary retention of the western part of
the McConnell Avenue Reserve.
My thinking evolved to progressing with improvement of the eastern portion of the
Reserve before assessing the future of the western side. This will enable a
judgement to be made of the ability of the eastern side to meet local demand. My
motion was won very narrowly at Council in September. Congratulations to those
who put forward professional presentations on the subject."
We will be working with Council to progress this matter. Meanwhile Travis Smith is looking to form a Friends of McConnell Group to represent the local community ion this process......watch this space