Speak up for Moe garden proposal

A "group of community groups" are encouraging Moe residents to attend a Latrobe City Council public consultation session to voice their views on the future of Kingsford Reserve. file photograph

A "group of community groups" are encouraging Moe residents to attend a Latrobe City Council public consultation session to voice their views on the future of Kingsford Reserve. file photograph

Moe community groups are encouraging Moe residents to attend a public consultation session about future uses of Kingsford Reserve in the town.

The Hinkler Kingsford Reserve committee of management, made up of representatives of various community groups, wants to establish a community garden at the reserve tot engage community members and groups to work towards common goals and build skills.

Latrobe City Council last year deferred a decision to declare the site as surplus to community requirements and its possible sale following advocacy efforts by the committee.

Council will hold a public consultation session this evening and will take submissions on the issue until Friday, April 27.

Committee member Adele Pugsley said she had spoken to many people about establishing a garden at the site and the idea had been well received.

"The community interest is there," she said.

"But council needs to see the community interest."

Ms Pugsley said the community information session was a "step in the progress".

Moe resident Ian Lee, who is not a part of the committee, said it is important the site wasn't declared surplus to community requirements and sold and he encouraged people to attend the consultation session and have their say.

"There is nothing there now, it is crying out for a garden," he said.

The consultation session will be held this afternoon from 4pm until 6pm at Moe Service Centre and Library, George Street.

Submissions can also be uploaded at latrobe.vic.gov.au/kingsfordreserve, emailed to latrobe@latrobe.vic.gov.au or mailed to Mr Gary Van Driel, Latrobe City Council, PO Box 264, Morwell 3840. 

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