Green win

MELVILLE greenies are celebrating after the local council voted to convert 2000sqm of prime Attadale land worth $1.5 million into parkland.

The land, at the corner of Lawlor and Davis Roads, was home to the Attadale Kindergarten until it was demolished in 2015.

Since then it has been vacant and locals have used it as a makeshift park, with the city creating a pocket park on the western section.

In March residents submitted a 573-signature petition asking council to convert the entire site to parkland, noting it was beside the Moreing Road shops and could become a community hub.

City officers wanted to lease out 1500sqm, but Cr Guy Wieland successfully moved to make all of the site parkland.

City officers warned that would hit ratepayers in the hip pocket.

“Converting the entire site to public open space means the city would forgo any significant financial value from the site as a land asset as well as a requirement to outlay substantial expenditure for park upgrades and maintenance,” city officers reported.

The site includes a drainage sump which council estimate will cost up to $400,000 to remediate.

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