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Have your say on master plan for Camp Reserve

A football match under lights at Camp Reserve in Castlemaine

Have your say on a draft master plan for Camp Reserve by Monday 15 July.

Friday 14 June 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council is developing a master plan for Camp Reserve and is encouraging residents and user groups to provide feedback on the draft.

Community members can join a drop-in session at the reserve club rooms from 4pm to 6pm on Wednesday 19 June to see the proposed plan and find out more.

Camp Reserve in Castlemaine is one of Mount Alexander Shire’s seven major recreation reserves and holds historical significance as a former government camp in the gold rush era.

The high profile reserve is home to events like the Castlemaine Agricultural Show and local sports clubs like Castlemaine Football Netball Club and Castlemaine United Cricket Club.

The Camp Reserve Master Plan has been developed by sport and recreation experts in consultation with the reserve’s Committee of Management which is made up of user groups.

It aims to strike the right balance between keeping historic features and traditions at the reserve, while bringing the major sports facility up to modern day standards.

Once finalised, the plan will provide the direction for improvements over the next 10 years and will play an important role in helping Council to secure funding for the upgrades.

Key features include:

• A new community pavilion outside the flood zone for club and community use with change rooms, social areas, meeting space, storage and kitchen facilities
• New public toilets and female-friendly change facilities in the pavilion
• A fully compliant netball court and multi-use community court (netball and basketball) with training lights, coaches box and viewing shelter
• An improved pedestrian pathway to link Forest Street to Castlemaine Railway Station

A new carpark would be constructed near the pavilion at the south-west end, with parking also available at the northern end and along Gingell St.

The Poplar and Elm trees than line the east side of the reserve will stay, along with elements with heritage significance such as the agricultural pavilion and horse stables.

Other recommendations include replacement of cricket nets, improved pedestrian paths, an event lawn and interpretive signage. Aging infrastructure like old club rooms, toilets, change facilities, poultry pavilion and some fencing would be removed.

“Camp Reserve is an important community asset so it’s important we hear your feedback on what you like in the plan and what could be improved,” Phil Josipovic, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The reserve is used by many groups and clubs from football, netball and cricket to table tennis and the Castlemaine Show. The green space is also enjoyed by community members who walk or exercise throughout the week, or attend events and celebrations throughout the year.

“Our focus is on developing facilities that will increase participation in sport and activity at the reserve, and bring the community together in a safe and accessible environment,” he said.

The Camp Reserve Master Plan is on display for one month from Monday 17 June. See it on the Have Your Say section of Council’s website, at the drop-in session, or at the Civic Centre, Castlemaine Library and Visitor Information Centre in Castlemaine.

Send your feedback by completing our online feedback by Monday 15 July. For more information visit Have Your Say or call Council on 5471 1700.

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