The NSW Government has cleared the way for the creation of a new town park in Wolli Creek after agreeing to sell a surplus government-owned industrial site to Bayside Council.
Bayside Council this week approved the $3.9 million purchase of 4 Guess Avenue, Wolli Creek, from the NSW Government.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government had invested $2.9 million in remediating the site and agreed to sell it to the council on the condition it delivers the Wolli Creek Town Park, ideally within 18 months of settlement.
“Providing more green open spaces in our urban neighbourhoods is a Premier’s Priority,” Mrs Pavey said.
“This sale will ensure the delivery of much-needed public open space for the Wolli Creek community and demonstrates how state and local governments can work together to create great public spaces and places for the people of NSW.”
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the NSW Government had significantly invested in the provision of new and improved public spaces with key initiatives including the $250 million in the Public Spaces Legacy Program and other programs that have funded 108 projects, more than 214 hectares of enhanced open space and 2000 trees.
“I commend Bayside Council for their commitment in creating new public space for the people of Wolli Creek – when state and local governments work together to invest in parks, open space and improved public amenity it’s the community that wins,” Mr Stokes said.
“The pandemic has shown us how important and valuable public spaces are, not just for our physical health, but mental wellbeing.”
Mrs Pavey said the transaction was an example of how the NSW Government was prepared to consider proposals on how it is underutilised or surplus properties may be put to better use to deliver social and environmental benefits to communities.
“We have taken NSW government-owned land no longer required for service delivery, improved it, and worked with Bayside Council on an outcome that will accelerate the delivery of a fabulous town park that will give residents access to high-quality open space for generations to come,” Mrs Pavey said.
The NSW Government and Bayside Council will now work together to complete the sale, with the transfer of ownership anticipated by the end of the year.