Ascot: State Govt decides against developing land near Garvey Park

Lands Minister Rita Saffioti and Belmont MLA Cassie with Ascot residents, who are welcoming the State Government's decision to save a piece of land near Garvey Park.
Lands Minister Rita Saffioti and Belmont MLA Cassie with Ascot residents, who are welcoming the State Government's decision to save a piece of land near Garvey Park.

A GROUP of Ascot residents have welcomed a State Government decision not to develop a piece of land near Garvey Park.

More than 3000 people signed a petition against LandCorp’s plans to rezone Lot 603 Fauntleroy Avenue, with the intention to transform it into a “quality residential development”.

The petition was presented to Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe, who tabled it in Parliament in February.

The State Government announced today that it would not proceed with the development following community concerns, potential environmental impacts and the commercial viability of the proposed project.

The land will be transferred back to the State to be amalgamated with the adjoining Garvey Park Reserve.

Save Garvey Park spokeswoman Joanne Fabling believed it was the right decision.

“It’s amazing this was ever considered to be developed but 3500 people said no,” she said.

“I had hoped for a quick campaign after the petition went to Cassie and she did a great job to push things through.

“This is an important place to connect the community to Garvey Park and it’s important that the wetlands are maintained.

“Cassie and the local people associated with the campaign did a great job.”

Lands Minister Rita Saffioti, after assessing the local community’s needs, environmental impacts and economic outcomes, said it was clear the proposal did not stack up.

“This approach ensures the best result for the local community and the state as a whole,” she said.

“Adding this land to the Garvey Park reserve will ensure it is retained for recreational use into the future.”

Ms Rowe said the fate of the land had become a passionate issue for locals.

“While the lot had been zoned residential for many years, it has become an ecologically important area for local flora and fauna, which will now be saved thanks to this decision,” she said.

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