Saturday 13 October 2018
Turning the St Kilda Triangle into an iconic park
A Liberal Nationals Government will transform the St Kilda Triangle from a car park to a community and family park.
Melbourne’s population growth is out of control and its suburbs like St Kilda that are feeling the pressure.
The population for the City of Port Phillip has increased by around 6,000 people in just three years.
In 2014 the population for the City of Port Phillip was 104,813. In 2017 it was recorded as 110,397. That’s a population increase of 5.3% in only three years.
In other words, there are a lot more people in St Kilda sharing the same limited green space.
That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will transform St Kilda Triangle into a community and family park.
The inclusion of underground car parking, while adding significantly to the cost of the project, maintains existing car parking spot numbers which will support local businesses including Luna Park, restaurants on the beach and Acland Street traders.
Creating a park on the site will also allow a walking path from nearby Acland Street and the 96 tram to the St Kilda beach. It means the site will be better utilised and is more in keeping with Carlo Catani’s original vision for St Kilda.
People living in the St Kilda area enjoy a great lifestyle in a beautiful part of Melbourne, but at the moment, population growth is harming the liveability of the area which is why we need more services and community and family parks.
The St Kilda Triangle is crown land, owned by the State of Victoria and managed by the City of Port Phillip with the site currently used as a public car park.
The City of Port Phillip produced a report, St Kilda Triangle 2012: A Framework for the Future, which recommended using the land as an underground car park with the ground level turned into a community park. The report also canvassed creating retail premises next to the Palais Theatre but this option didn’t receive community support.
A Liberal Nationals Government will work with the City of Port Philip and the community on the design that best works for the space.
The St Kilda Triangle Park will be designed by the local community, for the local community.
Work on creating this $36.2 million community park will commence in 2019-20 with completion expected within two years.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“We have to get back in control of local population growth and that means creating more green spaces for the community to enjoy.
The population for the City of Port Phillip has increased by around 6,000 people in just three years. That’s a lot more people sharing the same limited green park space.
That’s why creating this community park and garden is so important.
This community park will become an iconic space in the heart of St Kilda.”
Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Albert Park, Andrew Bond:
“The St Kilda Triangle Park will be designed by the local community, for the local community.
My vision for this area is to take back control so we see less concrete and more grass and gardens.
Converting this car park will create another great community space for everyone to enjoy in the same way Catani Gardens and South Beach are used for festivals and the Moonlight Cinema.
Only an elected Liberal Nationals Government will create this community park in the heart of St Kilda.”