The Land and Environment Court, today gave the green light for work to recommence on the construction of a synthetic playing field in Gardiner Park, Banksia and dismissed a stop work injunction taken out by the Friends of Gardiner Park against Bayside Council.
A Bayside Council spokesperson said Council welcomed the decision by the Court.
“Council has spent an inordinate amount of time in responding and dealing with issues and concerns raised by the Friends of Gardiner Park over the last six months,” Council’s spokesperson said.
“On Monday morning the Court handed down its decision after three days of hearing evidence from both parties and Council’s decision to install synthetic turf at Gardiner Park has been vindicated and the case initiated by the Friends of Gardiner Park against the project dismissed. The Court was also critical of the additional two days required by the Friends of Gardiner Park to run the case.”
“A lot of time and resources have gone into this project and we are hopeful that now we can all move forward and do what is best for the whole community.
“Council appreciates that residents have concerns and this was made clear in Court.
“We have always indicated that we are responsive to any suggestions that may bring about a better outcome and enhance the project.”
Bayside Council is committed to completing the Gardiner Park upgrade and together with the contractor will revise the construction schedule and timeframes.
Council will also continue to work with residents who have concerns about the impact of the upgrade.