There were several important items on last weeks council meeting agenda - The full minutes are available on the Glen Eira council website - click on under links.
Firstly Cr. Oscar Lobo was sworn in and warmly welcomed as the new councillor for Tucker Ward to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Nick Staikos.
Oscar has a financial and banking background, is well known in the Bentleigh area and has had a long involvement with several community groups.
Packer Park - decision on disused former site of Mckinnon Bowls Club
As most readers will be aware in August council announced a proposal to sell this land which is adjacent to Packer Park for a two storey development to be built. This sale would fund the acquisition of 112 and 118 Oakleigh Rd , two properties that are surrounded on three sides by the park.
This proposal went out for public consultation, with a community meeting held in late Aug and many submissions received . The overall position expressed from the community was that whilst the acquisition of the Oakleigh rd properties was supported this shouldnt be linked to the sale of the bowling green site and this land should not be sold but kept as parkland or for other community uses
All nine councillors voted for a motion endorsing this view.
I spoke of the importance of fully consulting with the community in deciding on the future use of this land.