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A petition to keep the Alphington Rail Spur out of developers’ hands has picked up almost 900 signatures in two weeks.
Alphington resident Annabelle Morgan started the petition with neighbour Helen Moss to raise awareness for their cause.
The pair want to ensure the site is not sold off to developers after the Level Crossing Removal Project is finished with the site.
The LXRP is leasing the land from VicTrack to use as a storage site for level crossing removal works.
Ms Morgan said she was thrilled with the support from the public and said it showed how much keeping the land meant to the community.
She said with the growing population, including the 2000 residents expected to move into the YarraBend development, it was important to keep the open space they had.
The spur also offers a shared pathway connecting houses to community hubs, such as Fairfield Village.
“Those things are essential if we’re not going to have unbelievable traffic,” Ms Morgan said.
Northcote state Labor MP Kat Theophanous said the spur was a critical connection for the community.
“The most pressing issue at the spur right now is getting the pathway connecting the north and south reopened,” she said.
The YarraBend development is expected to house around 2000 new residents.“My position is clear — the Spur must have a shared pathway now and into the future.”
Darebin Council will advocate to the State Government to keep the spur as public land and consult with the community over any future use.
Councillor Trent McCarthy said it had been an informal path for more than 100 years.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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