The Andrews Labor Government is giving Olinda families and visitors the community parkland they deserve, transforming a former golf course into a new public precinct.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced more than $4.72 million for the Olinda Precinct Project.
This picturesque site, which sits next to the newly-renamed Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, will return 34 hectares of open space to the community.
Project plans have been developed in close consultation with locals and will include a sports oval, nature-based play area, picnic facilities and upgraded parking.
Designs for the precinct are expected to be released in early 2018 – with construction to commence by mid-2018.
The project will support the growing needs of the Olinda and Hilltop communities while preserving the unique character of the historical township.
The National Rhododendron Garden will also be renamed the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden to reflect its position as one of the premier cool-climate gardens in Melbourne.
This will boost the profile of this attraction and help foster new partnerships with the city’s other botanic gardens.
As part of the Olinda Precinct Project, the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden will be extended by 6.4 hectares.
The Garden features a collection of more than 50,000 rare and exotic plants, many of which are endangered.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“This park is destined to become the heart of this local community – where people can enjoy the outdoors and bask in the natural environment.”
“We are thrilled to be transforming this former golf course into a beautiful space for the Olinda community to enjoy for generations to come.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino
“The community has been advocating for this site to be transformed to a public park for all types of recreation – we’ve listened and we’re getting it done.”
“I look forward to bringing my own family here to kick the footy, enjoy a picnic and make the most of this beautiful setting.”