Opinion: Parkland problems

PLANS by the council to "rationalise" parkland in the region are likely to cause a measure of controversy, with many people dead against any move to divest ownership of, or responsibility for, public open space.

At the same time, parkland does require a lot of expensive maintenance, and there are arguments for leasing or selling parcels where the cost of their regular upkeep outweighs what in some cases is limited public usage or benefit.

The council has publicly committed to putting sale and lease proceeds into a fund to help maintain existing sporting facilities on council land, which is commendable provided the money does not disappear into general revenue.

One thing the community will not accept is any suggestion war memorials or the like be removed if community groups take over parcels, such as the Allora Memorial Park.

We would urge the council to be mindful of the significance and symbolism of such sites in their future decision-making.



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