There’s more and more of us living and working in the City than ever before, so open, green public space is more important than ever.
Over the last few months, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Councillor Philip Thalis and I have been meeting with the residents and entities who are fighting to protect Moore Park, a precious public space, for us all.
Clover’s been fighting to protect Moore Park for years, but this most recent battle is over public use versus parking space: if you look at some of the park, the surface is degraded and its potential as a public asset has been halted, so that the SFS and SCG can use it as a car park.
People should come first. The Moore Park and Centennial Park Trust have a beautiful vision for a Village Green, a high-quality public space that would invite the community in for play, recreation, fitness, picnics and barbecues, with playgrounds and trees where now there is a compacted, run-down, underused expanse.
#TeamClover backs the community and the Trust to deliver a more useful, engaging, and healthy outcome for this precious public space: we hope the new Minister for Open Space backs them, too, over powerful sporting interests who have dominated till now.