Updates

Melville’s Lost Landmarks

In the last few years the following buildings have been demolished:

  • Alfred Cove Kindergarten
  • Attadale Kindergarten
  • The child health centre at the corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway (this would have been a fabulous office or cafe).
  • Applecross Kindergarten
  • The old Scout hall on Waddell Road, Palmyra
  • Canning Bridge Senior Citizens Club on Kishorn Road
  • Moreau Mews Kindergarten
  • Darnell Avenue Kindergarten
  • Queens Road Toy Library

Kindergarten buildings have been particularly targetted following the move to integrate kindergarten into mainstream schooling. These buildings could have been used by other community groups or leased out to commercial businesses.

 

Currently in the Council’s sights are:

  • Melville Bowls Club – To be integrated into the Tompkins Park “sports hub” at a cost of $9.5 million dollars and loss of green space as existing playing fields become car parks and bowling greens. The existing bowling club could be refurbished with synthetic covered greens installed and a complete building makeover.
  • Mt Pleasant Bowls Club – The proposed development of the Mt Pleasant Bowls Club has been released and some online community consultation has occurred (unfortunately the link to this information is no longer available on the CoM website). The site will become a mix of approximately 50% residential development and 50% open space.

These developments are on the back of the Bowls Strategy (the copy available is, mystifyingly, only a Draft), which claims to be trying to preserve the sport of bowls but was erroneously based only on the number of pennant members for each club, rather than viewing each bowling club as a community asset used by a range of people for various activities.

 

These clubs are being amalgamated and forced to move to an (unnecessary) new facility located at the Tompkins Park sports hub. This move means loss of green space and community facilities.

 

Read the Council minutes where the bowls strategy was accepted.

  • Melville Bridge Club (still in its original location but about to be moved to Melville Recreation Centre which will severely impact parking for existing Recreation Centre users, as up to 80 people play bridge twice daily 6 days per week.)
  • Stock Road Senior Citizens Centre
  • Roy Edinger Community Centre (currently home of the Melville Theatre Company).
  • Nyisztor Studiolocated in the the former A H Bracks library building

 

Not forgetting all the pubs that have gone: The Majestic, The Willagee, The Booragoon

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