Earlier this year Council determined that it would be opportune to purchase a stretch of land in Catherine Street Fullarton. An area devoid up to now of public open space.
In confidence we voted to put an offer which ultimately was accepted by the then land owner. At over $ 2.0m it is a significant purchase and financing the loan to secure the land impacts on our budget.
As significant a monetary investment as this is we recognised that members of previous councils now rue not having taken the opportunity in previous years because it was felt at the time it (the property being considered) was too dear.
Work will now have to commence on how it can be set up for maximum public benefit.
Our CEO Peter Tsokas is quoted in an article by Emmie Dowling of the Eastern Courier Messenger as saying the space would be ideal for a range of uses including barbecues, a playground and a basketball
half-court. “We wanted a local park in this area because there aren’t any nearby,”
The public in the surrounding area will be consulted on what can be achieved. This will (as is always the case with Council) take some time so don’t hold your breath.