Beautiful Gowanbrae here to stay, says Mayor (media release)

On behalf of Merri-bek City Council, Mayor Natalie Abboud has sent a strong signal to the state and federal governments that Council is committed to the people of Gowanbrae and intends to keep the suburb.

Cr Abboud has written to Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and State Local Government Minister Adem Somyyurek detailing Council's very strong opposition to Moonee Valley Council's request that responsibility for Gowanbrae be given to them.

"Gowanbrae is a unique and beautiful suburb that is an essential and much-loved part of Merri-bek," said Cr Abboud.

"Council wanted Bill Shorten and Adem Somyurek to know that Gowanbrae is an important part of Merri-bek and we want to keep it where it is."

Cr Abboud said Council had shown commitment to the suburb through actions like developing the 10 year Gowanbrae Open Space Development and Management Plan through extensive consultation with residents.

"Most recently, we have built a fantastic playground and to complement the new multi-use courts at Elms Court parkland, toilets are due to be constructed soon," said Cr Abboud.

"Most residents of Gowanbrae know that they are most definately part of the Merri-bek family and we hope they also know we want them to stay."

Council has earmarked $740,000 for the next financial year to spend on a new toilet at Elms Court, more shared path connections, revegetation and improved maintenance across Gowanbrae.

The Mayor is available to discuss Council's commitment to Gowanbrae and if you have any general questions please contact our Customer Service team on 9240 1111.