Reserve meant to be a green space for all

In regard to "The old Golden Point Oval" otherwise known as "The William Dunstan Reserve", I wish to clarify matters as best I have been able to discern.

The long standing use of the site is repeatedly signposted, by politicians, commissioners, and citizens in the documents of the nineties.

We are told the community use of the site was to be respected and that this should be part and parcel of the deal whoever purchased it.

On May 29, 1995, it is stated that "Council should seek the support of the purchaser for the retention of the land as a public reserve and the formal naming after William Dunstan".

The March 1998 report of " The panel and advisory committee", for the new format planning scheme page 102-3 cites that, for the above reasons "it remains public park and recreation as its zoning".

Sovereign Hill was aware of all the above and from the local politicians of the day and the people of the day supposedly, honouring the community use of the site.

The funding for the site purchase by Sovereign Hill, I would also believe, was given cognizant of that understanding, and if not, stipulated in documents.

For all you bloggers who are interested, go to a map of the area, notably the Telstra site, and look it up. You will find a nice green area next to Sovereign Hill, green for public park, which it is, should be, and will be in the future as people work out what is actually going on here, and let Sovereign Hill know they are accountable.

PETER WILLS

Ballarat

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