Last week, a historic agreement was reached between the Glen Eira City Council and the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) that provides more public use of the centre of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve. David was instrumental in facilitating the negotiation, working with both parties to reach a solution which would benefit the community.
The agreement ensures the centre of the racecourse will be open every day of the year, excluding race days and major events. The MRC will provide $1.8 million for a new public park in the centre of the racecourse which will include a picnic area by the lake, a large dog off leash area, walking and jogging paths, and a junior soccer patch. The MRC will take responsibility for the costs of design, landscaping, and maintenance.
David’s contribution to the securing of this agreement reflects his strong commitment to provide more open space. He has repeatedly pointed out that Glen Eira has the lowest amount of public space of any municipality and that the world-renowned racecourse remains empty and underutilised outside of race days. David hailed the agreement as “a great result for the people of Caulfield,” and said that he looked forward to seeing the facilities.