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Better community facilities for Highett

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The former CSIRO site in Highett could be home to new community facilities such as a library if Council’s overtures to purchase land from the Federal Government are a success.

Bayside Mayor Cr Alex del Porto said the former CSIRO site would provide an important opportunity for core community facilities but work is needed to help close the deal.

 “The former CSIRO lands in Highett are one of the most significant greenfield development sites in inner metropolitan Melbourne and represent possibly the last opportunity to easily obtain space for new community facilities,” Cr del Porto said.

“The CSIRO has informed Council of its preference that the land be sold in a single unit.

“While there may be future opportunities to work with the final purchaser of the land, there would be no guarantee that the creation of space for new community facilities would be achieved.

“As a result Council will be making a direct approach to the Federal Government to seek the opportunity to purchase land for the creation of a new community facilities such as a library.”

As part of the transfer of the land 4 hectares will be moved to Council to manage as open space on behalf of the community with the remaining 5.3 hectares sold for development.

“While Council is delighted to be taking over the stewardship of 4 hectares of new open space, with existing and projected population growth in Highett it is essential that we act now to help sure up the opportunity essential community facilities,” Cr del Porto said

“Council is committed to the opportunity to build on existing community infrastructure in Highett and help to make Bayside a better place.”