Darebin Council to buy Lakeside College land

Thanks to the Darebin City Council, for voting on 5 September, to purchase approximately 1.8h of creek frontage abutting the former Lakeside College from the Education Department for $270,000 plus GST. This is a great win for the environment, as now the land, which includes Critically Endangered indigenous vegetation as well as the shared path, will continue to be cared for by Darebin Council, rather than left to be taken over by weeds, which is usually the case with private developers.

The Council also offered $6.9 million for the former Ruthven Primary School site, to be used as open space. The unfortunate side to these great outcomes is that the public has to pay twice for the land. Thanks to our members and supporters who lobbied for this win.