Members Statement – Olinda golf course site

The former Olinda golf course has been closed since 2012. This is a unique and beautiful open space of 34 hectares in the Dandenongs, and it also plays a vital role as a firebreak in the hills. There is a huge amount of interest in the community about the future of this beautiful piece of land, and earlier this year I held a public meeting, which hundreds of local residents attended. Great ideas were raised, including an off-lead dog area, a football-cricket ground, netball facilities, tennis courts, tourism opportunities, a community garden, a business incubator, mountain biking and art programs. I was delighted recently to host in the hills the fantastic Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, who is at the table, alongside community representatives James Edge from Save the Olinda Pool campaign, and president Ben Selby-Hele and secretary Tim Scott of the Hilltop Recreation Association, to announce the next step in realising a new vision for the former Olinda golf course. There is $110 000 from the Andrews Labor government for a precinct plan. We will work with Parks Victoria, Yarra Ranges Shire Council and the local community over the course of the next 6 to 12 months  developing the precinct plan. That is a very exciting initiative for my community, and again I thank the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water.