A PLAYGROUND with a $100,000 price tag is too excessive for a Koroit housing estate.
Families in the burgeoning Rutledge estate will have to wait a little longer for a neighbourhood playground after Moyne Shire rejected a developer’s bid to share the cost of the project.
Councillors want developers South West Estates to downsize and pay for the playground on the private subdivision.
Cr Colin Ryan said the proposal was well intentioned but “we thought it was too large a playground, rather than a small neighbourhood one”.
Both sides will sit around the table to come up with a smaller playground, estimated to cost about $40,000.
“If we do not participate with them in putting in that playground now they may well just leave,” Cr Ryan said.
‘‘In due course down the years when the area is fully covered with houses and young children, we’ll have members of the community coming to this council asking for money to build a playground.
Cr Anthony Keane said demand would only grow as more families moved into the area.
“There’s going to be 62 blocks in there,” he said.
“I think it would be good to defer this, talk to the developers and put in a playground that suits.”