City of Melville plans to buy Mt Pleasant Bowling Club land

City of Melville plans to buy Mt Pleasant Bowling Club land

CITY of Melville plans to buy the land currently housing Mt Pleasant Bowling Club and transform it into low-density residential development.

The bowling club appears set to vacate the Ardross site it has occupied for than 50 years as part of a merger with Melville Bowling Club at a new Tompkins Park facility.

Currently zoned public open space, the land is owned by the State Government and vested in the City of Melville.

To purchase the site from the Department of Lands the City would need to demonstrate that the land is surplus to community recreation requirements and that there is community support for its proposed new use.

The City developed two high-level planning concepts for the site, one yielding 21 450sq m residential lots as well as a public open space area covering 4650sq m, or 30 per cent of the entire land pocket.

The other would generate 23 400sq m residential lots and provide 2780sq m of public open space.

Any proceeds from a new residential development at the site would be put towards funding improvements to Shirley Strickland Reserve and Tompkins Park.

Melville council voted 9-2 to authorise the City’s chief executive Shayne Silcox to progress negotiations wit the Department of Lands to acquire the site.

The City will also begin engaging with the community to flesh out a more complete concept design for the site.

Earlier in the evening councillor Nicholas Pazolli attempted to amend the item to include an option for retaining the entire area of the current Mt Pleasant Bowls Club as public open space but his motion was defeated 6-5.