Air your views on open space

Glen Eira residents are invited to discuss and share views about open space management in the municipality, at an online forum hosted by the Save Glen Eira residents’ group on Wednesday, 10th June, 2020 – 07:30 – 8.30 PM

Public open space is essential for our health and wellbeing, offering opportunities for outdoor recreation, relaxation and social connection – as we have seen during the Covid19 lockdown, when families and others flocked to our parks to play, exercise and get some sunlight and fresh air.

Glen Eira has the least amount of open space per person of all Melbourne municipalities – an average of 11m2 per person, compared to nearby municipalities such as Kingston (83m2) and Bayside (45m2). Yet the city’s recently released Draft Budget 2020–21 does little to address this, allocating only $500,000 for provision of one new open space, the size of a house block.

At the forum, to be hosted via Zoom at 7.30–8.30pm on Wednesday 10 June, residents can learn more about the issue of public open space, hear about what our Council is (or is not) doing in comparison to other municipalities, and contribute their own ideas about ways of creating, using and improving open space in Glen Eira.

With Glen Eira’s population growing, and the proliferation of multi-unit developments, the need for more open space is becoming acute. Since 1998, Glen Eira’s population has grown by 36%, but the amount of public open space has increased by only 3.6%. Between 2011 and 2019, Glen Eira saw the addition of 10,550 multi-unit dwellings, but minimal new open space – Council purchased five average-sized properties to convert to open space, one of which, in South Caulfield, is still a house and has been rented out for four years!

To join in the forum, residents should

Registration - Glen Eira's Lack of Open Space Gathering 10/6/2020

Council elections will be held in October, 2020.

Glen Eira needs Councillors who hold transparency and accountability as part of their responsibility to residents. Councillors who are prepared to openly question and challenge the Administration and its officers and ensure that residents’ views are factored into Council’s decisions.   (Under the Local Government Act Councillors are responsible for setting the “rules” and monitoring the compliance of all Council officers with those “rules”).

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