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Gas and Fuel Land in Highett Should be Set Aside as Community Recreational Open Space

Brad Rowswell, Liberal Candidate for Sandringham, today called upon the Andrews Labor Government to set aside a minimum of 40% of the former Gas and Fuel land on Nepean Highway in Highett for community recreational open space.

At a time when local families are feeling the squeeze of the Andrews Labor Government’s new “plan” for Melbourne, which will force even more inappropriate development into Bayside and Kingston, this currently vacant land could provide much needed recreational space for local residents. A portion of the land could also help to ease car parking congestion in the local area.

In response to a parliamentary question, Daniel Andrews Minister for Finance confirmed that: “The Department of Treasury and Finance is currently preparing the former Gas and Fuel site on Nepean Highway, Highett for sale.” The land must not be sold until Daniel Andrews commits to set aside a minimum of 40% for community and recreational use.

Attributed to Brad Rowswell, Liberal Candidate for Sandringham
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Once this land is sold, it is gone and gone for good. Setting aside a minimum of 40% of this land will ensure that residents in Highett and neighbouring suburbs will have access to much needed community recreational open space.

Attributed to David Davis, Shadow Minister for Planning
Labor’s “plan” for Melbourne is focussed on forced “densification” of Melbourne’s south and east. Where high intensity and high rise development is concentrated the community needs more open space, not less. Labor’s planning changes will allow increased density with “unlimited” dwellings, up to 10 or more, on each block in neighbourhood residential zones and increased height limits of 11 metres plus and 3 storeys in general residential zones in Highett and neighbouring suburbs.

It would be a total abandonment of responsibility to future generations of Highett residents if the Labor Government did not act on this opportunity to provide community recreational open space in Highett.

Residents are asked to show their support for this proposal by signing the online petition available at:

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