Video on behalf of Ivanhoe dogs surfaces as Banyule Council and Ivanhoe Grammar School discuss Chelsworth Park’s future
A VIDEO on behalf of the dogs of Chelsworth Park has emerged as lease talks continue between Banyule Council and Ivanhoe Grammar School.
The clip, We like Chelsworth Park …‘Just the way you are’, anonymously posted to Youtube on March 14, gives “the dogs of the
Griffin Ward” their say on the future of the open space area.
Ivanhoe Grammar School is undergoing negotiations with the council for another 30-year lease of the park after their 20-year lease — which was granted in 1994 — ran out.
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The school manages the use of the park with various sporting clubs vying for weeknights and weekends and residents able to walk their dogs off-lead when no
other groups are using it
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Paul Simmons with their dogs at Chelsworth Park. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano.
The clip, which has been viewed 170 times, is a scenic look at the sunny Ivanhoe park while Billy Joel sings Just The Way You Are.
video a number of messages by dogs flash across the screen about their favourite aspects of the Chelsworth Park.
Ivanhoe dog owner Paul Simmons, who was not responsible for making the video, takes his dogs Spinner and Dougal down to the park for a run
in the evenings.
Mr Simmons said some residents were worried a 30-year lease to the school would mean public access would be limited despite the council’s assurances it would not change once the new contract had been signed.
that the school wants to increase its numbers I assume the school will have more need to use Chelsworth Park,” Mr Simmons said.
Fairy Hill Ivanhoe community group member Robyn Roberts said the expected future population growth in Ivanhoe and surrounding
suburbs meant there will be a higher demand for public open space.
“There is higher demand for walking and exercise at Chelsworth, not only because it’s pretty but because it’s well connected to other walks,” Ms Roberts said.
“We want council to be in charge of the park’s space allocation and we don’t think the council should lock themselves in to a 30-year lease.”
Banyule Council spokeswoman Fiona Athersmith said the park will remain open to the
public for leisure activities and community enjoyment outside of the existing license arrangements with community sporting clubs and casual bookings.
Ivanhoe Grammar School Principal Rod Fraser said the school was working with the council on the lease.
“The school continues to work with the ... council in regards to the Chelsworth Park lease and all matters associated with it,” Mr Fraser said.
“The use of the park is regulated by the Chelsworth Park advisory committee, established
by the council, and the school would anticipate that this would continue to be the situation if the lease is renewed into the future.”