Class Assignment 1

Residents in Glen Eira continue to feel strain over the lack of amenities offered, as local council plans to increase open space in the area.

In a meeting held Tuesday 18th March, Glen Eira council unanimously passed the Open Space Strategy, designed to increase parkland and open space within the Glen Eira locality.

The strategy is the largest of its kind, with $100 million devoted to the project for development of parkland and sporting grounds within the community.

It is also the first project since 1998 to change levels of liveability within the area.

Mayor Cr. Neil Pilling said of the strategy; “Residents are appreciative of [the Open Space strategy]”

“[This] can change the city and help us cope with increased population”

With the prospect of increased population density in Glen Eira, current residents are not impressed with the quality of services currently offered.

Residents experience problems such as blocked drains, infrequent rubbish collection and noise pollution in all areas of Glen Eira.

Problems with parking are also apparent around major transport hubs and larger suburbs such as Caulfield and Elsternwick.

Kitna Arjuna, 19, a resident of Glen Eira since 2000, highlighted the issues with the lack of parking available.

“Parking is a joke… Around the various schools, the university, recreational centres and the classic cinema in Elsternwick, there’s not enough free parking.”

“Because I live so close to the station and parking is limited, people block our street trying to find a park.”

While Miss Arjuna supported the strategy to increase open space, she hopes for a balance between open space and improved amenities.

“We moved to Glen Eira because of its convenience in both location and access to public transport, but I wouldn’t want to see that compromised with council failing to accommodate for population increases in terms of the amenities offered.”

The City of Glen Eira currently has the lowest concentration of open space in Melbourne, with 1.4ha per 1000 population; almost half the Melbourne metropolitan average.

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