Constituency question: Elsternwick Park

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 2:15pm
Sue Pennicuik

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — My constituency question is for the Minister for Water. In 2015 Bayside City Council announced a proposal to develop sporting facilities at Elsternwick Park. A coalition of community groups convinced the council to undertake a broader consultation, which resulted in the deliberative panel overwhelmingly endorsing an option known as option 1A, which proposes an expanded wetland, flood mitigation, an urban forest and an upgraded oval 2 in its current location. Bayside council officers also recommended option 1A to the Bayside council. Despite this, the council has adopted what is called revised option 5.

Flood mitigation is urgently needed in Elwood, and Elster Creek is the most polluted waterway in Melbourne. My question for the minister is: when is the government and Melbourne Water going to provide advice and financial support for the proposal of a wetland and urban forest in Elsternwick Park?