MORE PARKS, MORE OPEN SPACES FOR CLAYTON LOCALS

Posted on 13. Nov, 2017 in Clayton Update

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled more than six hectares of new open space in Clayton, giving locals new spaces to enjoy, extra car spaces for train passengers and an RSL memorial area to honour service men and women.

Member for Clarinda Hong Lim and Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos today welcomed the release of open space plans as part of the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project.

The community spaces include fitness areas, sporting courts, social spaces and play areas so locals of all ages and interests can enjoy exercising and socialising outdoors.

Dog owners will also have access to a new 825 square metre fenced dog park west of Centre Road, which addresses a lack of off-leash facilities in Melbourne’s south east.

Thousands of shrubs and trees will dominate the linear parks, while a series of north-south paths will also be built for easy access across the corridor.

The 80 extra car spaces at Clayton and 225 spaces at Huntingdale Station will make it easier for passengers to leave the car and catch the train for wherever they need to go.

A new memorial space will also be created opposite the RSL club building, providing an open-air venue for commemorative events and a year-round space for visitors to reflect and pay their respect.

Seeds from the original 1918 Avenue of Honour – almost entirely lost in the late ‘40s – will be used to grow a new row of oak trees in honour of past and present service men and women.

Raising parts of the Cranbourne/Pakenham line will not only get rid of nine dangerous and congested level crossings, but open up land soon to be transformed into parks, paths, play areas and a 17-kilometre walking and cycling trail stretching all the way from Caulfield to Yarraman Station.

The plans released today, come after extensive consultation from a Community Open Space Expert Panel, chaired by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Tim Entwisle who received over 850 surveys and spoke to over 2000 community members.

Work on the open space will commence next year when all nine dangerous and congested level crossings are removed. The project will be completed by the end of 2018.

To view the open space designs, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/openspace

Quotes attributable to Member for Clarinda Hong Lim

“By removing these dangerous and congested level crossings, we’re giving this space back to Clayton locals to share and enjoy.”

“Whether you’re into a range of sports, walking the dog or having picnics, these spaces will give everyone in Clayton more chances to enjoy the outdoors. “

“There is something for everyone in these open spaces and locals have done an amazing job in providing ideas to help shape their communities.”

“I’m proud to see this project work closely with the RSL to honour those who have served their country.”

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