Ivanhoe’s much loved Chelsworth Park, on the Yarra flood plain near the southern entrance to Banyule, is currently being considered for a 20 +10 year Commercial
Lease between Banyule City Council (BCC) Ivanhoe Grammar School (IGS) - A commercial entity.
TIME to COMMENT on the CHELSWORTH IGS LEASE !!
With the release of the proposed Banyule Council Chelsworth Park / IGS 30 year LEASE
TUES 12th AUGUST for 28 Days comment ONLY
WE encourage you to make a submission on the Lease
Submissions MUST BE in by SEPT 9th 2014
A commercial lease threatens
the ability of our community to decide how the park will be used; Over a period of high expected population growth in Melbourne, and a growing reduction in private residential space - as the number of multi-unit dwellings increase, due to Government policy.
Many residents of Banyule oppose this move and believe that:
- Restrictions on the availability of the park, for both passive and active use
- if leased to a private entity, are not in the community’s long-term interests.
- Banyule City Council needs to step up to the mark and provide first-rate facilities for the ratepayers of Banyule in
all its parks and for all its schools to share equally - rather than over-use some parks (nearby Ivanhoe Park) and under use and under support others (Ford Park). Council needs to do more to ensure that passive recreation,
and the riverine environment for which Chelsworth Park is famous, are fully protected into the future.
- More transparency is needed – Governance and Financial Reporting conditions under the current
IGS peppercorn lease, have NOT been met (- despite fees from the Clubs using the Park going to IGS); In addition, Chelsworth Park continues to receive favourable infrastructure funding from Council - while other Parks miss out. Why ?
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Write a submission on the PROPOSED 30 YEAR
LEASE: ( SEE details of addresees below as well as some extra comments on the Lease )
Insist Council rent the land at commercial
rates over the short term, - Perhaps 5 yearly maximum periods - with renewals only where spare time and playing surface capacity exists, and after community needs are met .
(This could involve IGS marking, mowing, and watering the grounds as now, - as payment in kind , but with Council managing all infrastructure and community bookings)
Insist BCC control all signage, bookings, payment and community liaison (as with its other parks )
NO EXTRA private use be granted; Instead, over time, private use will be reduced while increasing community needs (both passive and active) are met.
THE NEW IGS 30 YEAR LEASE IS
ON COUNCILS WEBSITE
IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROPOSED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS - INCLUDING GATES / FENCES / BUILDING EXTENSIONS / EXCLUSIVE USE OF HARD PAVED TENNIS COURTS / CLUB FEE PAYMENT TO IGS / and BENEFITS TO
IGS OF FREE WATER FROM THE WATER HARVESTING PROJECT. IT LACKS DEFINED HOURS OF USE BY IGS AND EXISTING CLUBS ( ie will IGS hours increaseand
other clubs decrease ? ) ; AND DEFINED HOURS OF NON USE ( iE PASSIVE RECREATION ALLOCATIONS (currently Sunday is Sport Free - will this still be true under the NEW PROPOSED LEASE ? )
submissions submitted to Council must be received by
5.00 pm on 9 September 2014
and should be addressed to the
Chief Executive Officer, Banyule City Council
delivered to 275 Upper Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe or posted to PO Box 51 Ivanhoe 3079.