Horace Petty estate - Question to the Minister for Housing (13.11.2013)

Written on the 14 November 2013

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is to the Minister for Housing, Ms Lovell, and I ask: can the minister inform the house of recent activities and improvements on the Horace Petty estate in Prahran?

Hon. W. A. LOVELL (Minister for Housing) -- I thank the member for her question and her ongoing interest in the Horace Petty estate. I also thank her for her interest in listening to the answer to this question, something a member on the other side was not willing to do when she asked a question.

Last Friday I joined Clem Newton-Brown, the member for Prahran in the Assembly, for two significant announcements at the Horace Petty estate. The first was the naming of the new park that has been established on the estate. The competition to name the park attracted more than 30 entries from local residents.

There were some great and creative suggestions by the residents. Three locals were recognised in the finals. The runners up were Adya Lyubarsky and Rose Marie Szulc. The winner of the name the park competition was Stephen Anderssen for his suggestion of Gumtree Grove, which perfectly suits the new, modern park that has gum trees in it. As he said, 'grove' suggests to him a place that is green and modern. Mr Anderssen received a year's pass to the Prahran Aquatic Centre for his contribution. He was grateful for that, saying it would help him with some of the exercise he needs to do for a condition he has.

We also opened the new adventure playground. This is a wonderful new facility that has been funded on a 50-50 basis by the Victorian government and the City of Stonnington. With me to open the facility, in partnership, was the mayor of the City of Stonnington, Matthew Koce.

Funding of $300 000 has gone into this project -- $150 000 from the state government and $150 000 from the City of Stonnington -- which provided a new playground, a new kitchen, a half basketball court and new paths. This is an example of the government's commitment to building and improving communities and improving livability, particularly in the Horace Petty estate.

I look forward to progressing wider improvements for this site and surrounding estates through the master planning process for the Horace Petty estate and surrounding estates at that is under way the moment.

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