Camp Reserve upgrade
Council has plans to improve Camp Reserve, the shire's premier sporting reserve.
In September 2020, Council endorsed the Camp Reserve Master Plan, and a staged approach to the delivery of the master plan's key recommendations.
Stage 1 - what's planned
The first stage of improvements includes the following:
- Construction of a new single sports pavilion that will include additional change rooms, a new social room and community space, a match day kiosk, umpires all gender change rooms, and public toilets. This building will be located on the western side of the oval and will replace the three existing pavilions at the north of the site.
- The relocation and development of two new netball/multipurpose courts towards the south of the reserve (adjacent to Forest Street).
- Improved car parking, pathways, access roads and landscaping surrounding the new development zones.
Both the new pavilion and netball courts will provide modern facilities that are fit-for-purpose and meet the needs of sporting clubs and community members, now and into the future.
Stage 1 - highlights
Highlights in stage 1 of the improvement works include:
- All-abilities and all-gender change rooms which will encourage more people of all abilities to participate in local sports.
- Pavilion upgrades will allow the Castlemaine & District Agricultural Society to expand on annual show offerings, potentially incorporating elements such as food and wine judging.
- The location of the proposed community pavilion improves connections along Gingell Street, provides a better vantage point to watch games on the oval, and moves the pavilion outside of the flood risk area.
- Upgraded netball facilities will increase participation opportunities and allow for Castlemaine to host finals events, encouraging increased visitors to the town and flow on economic benefits.
- Feedback from the community, local sporting groups, and event organisers has informed the proposed improvements.
- The draft designs consider current and future recreation needs, passive community spaces and event requirements.
Stage 1 - next steps
At the Council meeting on Tuesday 21 February 2023, Councillors resolved to support the designs to develop a new pavilion and netball/multipurpose courts at the reserve.
Council will prepare to lodge a planning permit application in mid-2023 to implement the designs.
As part of the process of preparing the planning permit, Council will engage an independent planning expert to provide technical advice on issues raised by community members during the consultation period such as heritage, flood risk, and impact on existing vegetation.
These areas of concern will be examined, with Council expecting to receive a full technical report that addresses these issues in the coming months.
Council will review the designs based on information contained in the reports, and amend the designs if necessary.