The confusion occurs because the steps to convert it to a park go back to 1977, when the then Premier Dick Hamer agreed to give the major portion of the former GasWorks site to the South Melbourne council for conversion to open space. This is documented in “South Melbourne A History”, by Susan Pritchard., Melbourne University Press, 1995. Because of extensive and significant toxic pollution in the soil produced over the many decades of the GasWorks operation, it was not until 1992 that the site was in a condition to be passed over to the Council in “park ready ” condition. Dick Hamer was given credit for the provision of this future open space in the later book, but his role was ignored by the 1992 Council at the time, or, perhaps Julie and its members were merely unaware of the facts at the time.