WALLAN’S recreation and open space needs look set well into the future with the purchase of a strategic parcel of land in the Greenhill Reserve precinct.
Mitchell Shire Council purchased the land for $5.5 million with the view of catering for the growing town’s recreational and sporting needs.
The purchase also protects the iconic Greenhill landscape from development while providing much needed open space in the shire’s growth corridor.The Wallan corridor is set to accommodate an additional 150,000 people in the next 30 years.
The North Central Review was invited to an exclusive preview of the area and accompanied by mayor, Cr Rhonda Sanderson and South Ward councillors Cr Rob Eldridge and Cr David Lowe took in the view from the top of the iconic hill.
Cr Sanderson said the purchase was an excellent example of the benefits of forward planning and early investment to support the needs of the shire’s growing population.
For Cr Eldridge, a long-time advocate for community use of the land it was the realisation of a a vision he has held for years.
“Thanks to the work we have undertaken on the Wallan Structure Plan we have been able to identify and secure this important piece of land that will serve the needs of our communities into the future,” Cr Sanderson said.
“It was important that we purchase this major site now so that we can ensure that the land is protected for something desperately needed by our growing community – more open space and recreational facilities.”