NEW OLINDA PRECINCT PLAN

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the commencement of a precinct planning process for the site of the former Olinda Golf Course.

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville, and Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk James Merlino said the precinct planning process would address community concern and discussion around the appropriate future use of the land.

The precinct plan will be informed by public consultation and input. It will be produced by Parks Victoria and a Project Reference Group comprising key external stakeholders, prior to community consultation.

The former Olinda Golf Course is a 34 hectare area reserved under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 for public recreation.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville

“Parks Victoria conducted an Expression of Interest process to examine options for a commercial lease of the former golf course.”

“Following a high level of community concern and discussion about the appropriate future use of the land it is proposed that a precinct plan be developed that would recommend a preferred option for future use.”

This is a great opportunity to reinvent a public space with a long term vision in mind.”

“Last month, Valuing Victoria’s Parks Report found that Victoria’s parks generated $1.4 billion a year in visitor spending, supported 14,000 jobs and, through their role as water catchments, provided filtration services worth $83 million a year.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“We’ve already received many ideas from the community for the use of this attractive site.”

“This $110,000 in funding for the plan will help to ensure that the community is involved in identifying the appropriate use for the former golf course.”

“It has great potential to be reinvigorated into a vibrant place for locals and visitors.”

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