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View some of the major programs we are working on such as the Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve and construction of a new play space in Victory Park.

Stanley Park North at Harcourt - play space and master plan

The design for the play space at Stanley Park North in Harcourt has been finalised, play equipment ordered and the landscaping contract has been tendered with construction anticipated to start in July 2020.

The community has played an integral role in developing the design with a dedicated working group of local residents, parents, grandparents and educators contributing ideas.

Working with Council officers and local play space designers, the group has created a design inspired by the town’s fruit-growing history and indigenous culture.

The play space will feature a large play tower with its design inspired by apple crates. The tower, measuring over six metres in height, incorporates a ten metre long slide, climbing wall, play stalls and a viewing platform.

Designed for all ages and all abilities, the play space will include a wheelchair accessible carousel, accessible and traditional swings, an accessible rocker and spinner. Many nature play elements including locally quarried granite rocks and boulders have been included and will be surrounded by indigenous plantings.

Council is funding the play space in partnership with the Victorian Government, who is providing a $250,000 grant. Harcourt Progress Association has generously contributed $6,500 courtesy of a Maldon Community Bank grant.

Council has also developed a master plan for Stanley Park North which was adopted in August 2019. It ensures the play space is well positioned in the park, provides linkages between the pool and the shops and details opportunities for acknowledging history and indigenous culture.

Key documents
Stanley Park North Play Space Concept Plan (pdf, 24MB)
Stanley Park North Master Plan (pdf, 26MB)
Play space designs for Stanley Park North (pdf, 5.6MB)
Media release - Designs finalised for Harcourt play space - 22 April 2020
Media release - Progress continues on Harcourt play space - 19 March 2020

Victory Park play space construction

Victory Park is a key destination located in the centre of Castlemaine.

Fulfilling a number of key strategic objectives in the Council Plan 2017 - 2021 including “renew and expand the assets of our community” and identified for an upgrade in the Council’s Let’s Play 2014 – 2024 strategy, Victory Park playground will become a district level play space.

Following extensive consultation with the community the new play space is now under construction. The play space will provide high quality facilities to meet the play needs of a broad range of ages and abilities.

Council has allocated $553,851 in the annual budget to construct the play space and received $89,520 in funding from the Victorian State Governments Community Sport and Infrastructure Fund and $10,000 from the Variety Club.

Council aims to complete construction of the play space in October 2019.

For more information please contact the Active Communities Team on 5471 1700.

Project bulletin 1 - Victory Park Play Space Construction - August 2019
Project bulletin 2 - Victory Park Play Space Construction - August 2019
Project bulletin 3 - Victory Park Play Space Construction - September 2019

Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve Upgrade

Stage one - A $1.9 million upgrade to sporting facilities at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve in Castlemaine started in March 2017 and is now complete. The upgrade included construction of six new netball courts, court lighting, two cricket nets, carpark improvements, a retaining wall and accessible paths and ramps.

Stage two - The $2.43 million project is underway and includes the development for a multi-use pavilion, roadways, drop-off point, ramps, steps and external works. The pavilion includes unisex change rooms for netball, cycling and junior football, umpires change rooms, first aid, public amenities, office space, a kiosk and storage.

Stage one and two are part of the Wesley Hill Master Plan, adopted in 2015, to develop a first class multi-purpose sports precinct and junior sports hub at the reserve.

Read the monthly project bulletins:

February 2019
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
April - May 2018
March 2018
February 2018
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017

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