The City has been exploring ways to enhance the John Connell Reserve / Melville Glades Golf Course precinct. The previous use of John Connell Reserve as a land fill site (rubbish tip) presents a range of challenges, given that the site is contaminated and in need of remediation. Portion of the former land fill site has been developed for recreational purposes, whilst approximately half the site is inaccessible and undeveloped. Investigating the wider precinct presents opportunities to upgrade unused portions of the reserve, make better use of the land which is not contaminated and to fund the required remediation works.
Community engagement in 2012 resulted in the preparation of initial design concepts for the precinct. The designs explored the possibility of introducing housing into parts of the precinct to offset the cost of remediating the former land fill site and to provide for significant enhancement of community facilities and amenities.
These initial design concepts were the focus of further community engagement throughout 2013 and 2014. These discussions with the community informed refinements to the concept and resulted in the preparation of a draft “Opportunities Plan” In July 2014, Council decided to use the Opportunities Plan as the basis for further investigation into the future of the precinct.
Testing of the Opportunities Plan focused on responding to key issues previously identified by the community, such as:
- the desirability of introducing a residential component into the golf course
- environmental safeguards
- impact on views
- traffic impacts
- levels of remediation required for the former land fill areas and
- the cost of the project
The results of these further investigations have now been completed and have informed the preparation of a revised “Concept Plan”.
The Concept Plan maintains the idea of relocating portion of the existing golf course onto the undeveloped sections of John Connell Reserve and introducing a residential component on part of the golf course. Key initiatives include:
- Locating areas of residential development to minimise impact on views and traffic and to preserve areas of environmental value
- Enhancement of community facilities and amenities including substantial new parkland areas and undergrounding of high voltage powerlines.
The Concept Plan represents an idea for the possible development of the precinct. There’s a lot more planning to take place and we will be seeking the communities help to finalise a plan. Should the project proceed, it will require approval from the Council and various State Government agencies.
Further work is currently taking place to examine the costs of the plan and to explore options as to how a project of this scale might be effectively delivered. Once these investigations are completed, we will again be inviting the community to provide feedback on the plan. As with previous rounds of community engagement we will be contacting residents and landowners in the vicinity of the precinct and inviting comment through the website.
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Should you have an queries on this project, please contact the City’s Strategic Urban Planning Team on 9364 0666