A PETITION for a multi-purpose sports facility at Birdwood Square has had no sway with the City of Vincent council, which rejected the proposal.
Tabled with the council in February, the petition, signed by 145 people, urged the City to collaborate with the State and Federal governments to provide a multi-purpose outdoor team sports, basketball, netball and futsal facility at the southern side of Birdwood Square near Brisbane Street or a similar location.
Signatories believed the proposed facility would ease overflow issues at Highgate Primary School.
Vincent councillors, however, decided not to go ahead with the proposal for the $200,000 facility, opting instead to wait until the City’s Public Open Space Strategy was complete.
The strategy would provide a framework to guide the planning, development, management and activation of open spaces.
Lead petitioner Bruce Dayton expressed his annoyance at the August 22 meeting that he was not contacted by the City about its report.
“The directive to council to not proceed is a concern to me,” he said.
Director of community engagement Michael Quirk said contact was made with Mr Dayton.
Councillor Joshua Topelberg noted the council’s decision was not a rebuke of the idea.
“The idea is there,” he said.
Mayor Emma Cole said she noted a shortfall in facilities in the area but would wait for the strategy before proceeding.