City accepts $100k bill for park redevelopment review

d494118 Tompkins Park. Picture: Jon Hewson
d494118 Tompkins Park. Picture: Jon Hewson

THE City of Melville will push ahead with a review of the Tompkins Park redevelopment project after ticking off on a bill of up to $100,000.

After the council voted last month to halt the project pending a review, it was revealed the council would need a sizeable amount of money to complete it.

The council voted unanimously to put the money towards the project although some councillors questioned the cost of the review.

The collapse of the wave park project in Alfred Cove and the refusal of the Melville Bowling Club to amalgamate with the Mt Pleasant Bowling Club at the reserve were among the reasons cited for the review to take place.

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Later in the meeting, the council approved $60,000 for the Mt Pleasant Bowling Club for its greens keeping bills and $100,000 for the Tompkins Park Community and Recreation Association (TPCRA) in the 2019-20 budget.

Mt Pleasant Bowling Club president Robert Cook and two club representatives made a deputation to the council on June 4 about the need for the grant following financial difficulties after many delays to the Tompkins Park project.

Councillor Nicholas Pazolli moved for the grant not be given to the bowling club, citing concerns about its financial position and talking up a possible move to the Melville Bowling Club.

Councillor Matthew Woodall queried whether $30,000 could be given to the club initially and then more if needed during the mid-year budget review, although this was highlighted that it would not give the club’s pennants players certainty.

Councillors Katy Mair and Karen Wheatland pointed out that Mt Pleasant Bowling Club had acted in good faith even as the review had been delayed and Cr Pazolli’s motion was lost 2-11.

The 2019-20 budget was approved, which includes a 1.1 rate rise for residents.

Chief executive Marten Tieleman said the increase was among one of the lowest rate increases levied by the City in 20 years and was the culmination of several years of long-term financial planning.

“Following on from last year’s low 0.9 per cent rate in the dollar increase we are very pleased to once again deliver a low rate in the dollar increase for our ratepayers while maintaining the same standard and level of high-quality products and services,” he said.