Jon Andrews, Bayside Leader
August 28, 2013
Incumbent Goldstein Liberal MP Andrew Robb pictured outside the CSIRO Site. Picture: Sarah Matray
The Highett Grassy Woodland will be saved – if the Coalition wins the federal election.
Goldstein Liberal candidate and incumbent MP Andrew Robb has promised to retain the 3 Ha of woodland and create another 1 Ha of open space at the CSIRO site.
The 9.3 Ha research centre area is to be sold off for development by the Commonwealth and the facility moved to Clayton.
Mr Robb has stepped in to make sure, if they win power, that the critically endangered trees on the large Highett site will be kept.
The remaining 5.3 Ha will be developed with potentially 400 units and houses to be built on the large swathe of land.
Friends of Highett Grassy Woodlands campaigner Pauline Reynolds said the pledge was fantastic.
“We’re delighted… we’re really supportive of this” Ms Reynolds said.
“We have always said keeping the woodlands and having open space is a huge ask, but it’s an important ask.
“Once it is gone, it’s gone forever.”
Mr Robb has long supported moves to retain the woodlands and also provide a large park for children to “kick a footy”.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve four precious hectares in the heart of Highett,” Mr Robb said.
Highett has the lowest ratio of open space in Bayside, and is a growing suburb for young families, he said.
ALP candidate for Goldstein, Daniel Guttmann, said he “could not match the pledge at this time”.
“I have serious doubts Andrew Robb can deliver on his promise,” Mr Guttmann said.