The 1998 Open Space Strategy made it abundantly clear that Glen Eira has a deficit of open space and especially in the North Caulfield, Elsternwick and Gardenvale areas. But has this knowledge, reiterated in the current draft strategy put a halt to the continual sell off of public land? Not on your life! It continues at every opportunity and often the only beneficiaries are developers. This is despite the June 17th, 2002 statement by Newton in the Caulfield Leader -“We have sold nearly $30 million of assets. Every cent has gone to capital expenditure. There are virtually no more surplus assets to sell”. Glen Eira has had no trouble in finding more and more land to flog. So, since we’ve always known that there is a deficit of open space, how can this be allowed to continue? What does this say about the overall lack of planning, financing, and real vision that is the responsibility of Newton and councillors?

What’s really irksome is that land is being sold off, at rock bottom prices, only to find there’s a (concurrent) application put in for multi unit developments. A recent example is 52 Ercildoune St., North Caulfield. This was advertised in the Leader in September and in August there was this application – “Construction of a three storey building comprising eight (8) dwellings above a basement carpark and a reduction in visitor car parking requirements”. Another example is McKittrick Rd, where council displayed its largesse to developers by selling the land for $20,000 when it was valued at $66,700. At the very least council should never have sold this land for such prices – especially when developers are not paying their share of development contribution levies, or open space levies.

Below we present a table of what we have been able to discover on land sales for the past decade. A nice little sum has been accrued since 2002, especially when the figures for the old depot are added in. Residents need to ask: where has this money gone? What additions have been made to open space (apart from the 2 houses in Packer park for $1.91 million) in the past decade? Given the long term knowledge that Glen Eira has the least amount of open space in the state, then the actions, (or failure to act – ie purchase of Alma Club) are  further evidence of poor planning, and poor financial management.

 DATE FROM MINUTES

 ADDRESS

 AMOUNT

26th May 2003 SEC 173 AGREEMENT SALE OF LAND FORMER WORKS DEPOT CORNER MANCHESTER GROVE AND NEERIM ROAD, GLEN HUNTLY 

 

 UNDISCLOSED
16th August 2004 SALE OF LAND BETWEEN NINA COURTAND SOUTH ROAD, BENTLEIGH EAST Undisclosed – part only was sold
29th November 2004 SALE OF LAND – REAR OF55 WOORNACK ROAD, CARNEGIE $28,000
11th April 2005 CARNEGIE SENIORCITIZEN’S CLUB, 314 NEERIM ROAD

CARNEGIE.

Council states: $784,000
16TH October 2007 PRINCESS AVENUE, CAULFIELDEAST $3.25 million
23rd September 2008 3-5 Station Avenue, McKinnon $3.1 million
21st July 2009 Rear of 23-27 Empress Road, St Kilda East $50,000 (although council had to spend $70,000 on drain before sale)
13th October 2009 REAR 16 WYUNAROAD, CAULFIELD NORTH $17,000
REAR 1 TO 5 EPSOM STREET ANDADJOINING UNITS 2 to 5 / 5 DERBY CRESCENT,

CAULFIELD EAST

$41,600
12th October 2010 13 NINA COURT AND 16 NIKI COURT BENTLEIGHEAST $45,000
23rd November 2010 REAR OF 233 AND 239 NEPEAN HIGHWAY,GARDENVALE $93,500
17th May 2011 Road at Rear of 2 to 6 Langdon Road and Drainage Reserve at Rear of 36to 42 Rosemont Avenue, Caulfield North $79,532
22nd May 2012 PART OF THE ROADRESERVE IN PORTER ROAD, CARNEGIE, ADJOINING

8 THE CROSSOVER.

$39,798
18th December 2012 SALE OF FORMER RESERVE AT THEREAR OF 37 TO 59 AND 69 TO 73 ESKDALE ROAD, 25

TO 41 AND 49 TO 55 FITZGIBBON CRESCENT AND

ADJOINING 33 AND 35 BAMBRA ROAD, CAULFIELD

NORTH

25 Fitzgibbon Crescent $6,435.0027 Fitzgibbon Crescent $7,150.00

35 Fitzgibbon Crescent $1,787.50

47 Eskdale Road $6,792.50

71 Eskdale Road $3,575.00

73 Eskdale Road $7,507.50

33 Bambra Road $20,020.00

5th February 2013 Reserve and a closed road offHeywood Street, Caulfield North $140,000 – sold to the MRC!
19th March 2013 542 Glen Huntly Rd., Elsternwick – laneway sale $13,750 and council stated that this “is fifty precent of the current market value.”!!!!!!
9th April 2013 Reserve off McKittrick Road, Bentleigh Council stated: “The land has a market value of $66,700. The Owner made several offers topurchase the Land over many years at well below market value. His current offer is $20,000.”
26th November 2013 26 TO 32ROSEMONT AVENUE, CAULFIELD NORTH $27,118

The final irony comes when we compare some of the recommendations from the current draft strategy and what’s happened in the past. This page shows that 3 properties were sold in an area that is now recommended to purchase land and create open space.

Tthe red dots are properties that council owned and has sold-1

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