After hard work put in by the community and thanks to our campaign, Maribyrnong Council have announced plans to build a new park in Seddon.
There is a chronic lack of open space in the inner West, with many people forced to walk long distances or drive to their nearest park. The Greens have long campaigned to improve access to green space in the Western Suburbs because we know it contributes to healthy, liveable neighbourhoods.
In 2015 we conducted a community survey asking residents what they would like to see done with the surplus land on Buckley St left over from construction of the regional rail link. Overwhelmingly residents told us they wanted to see the land returned to the community as open space. In response we launched a campaign for the state government and council to work together to make this happen.
In a big step forward, Maribyrnong Council have responded to our campaign with a proposal to create a new park on the site of the old Metlink depot on Buckley St of between 800 square meters and 1,500 square meters. This is a good site for a park that meets the local green space need.
As it stands, I’ve written to council urging them to ensure the largest possible parcel of land is acquired for community use. I’ve also asked council to update the community on the project as plans progress.
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