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Update on Camp Reserve Master Plan

A football match under lights at Camp Reserve in Castlemaine

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council is considering community feedback on a draft master plan for Camp Reserve that will provide the direction for improvements over the next 10 years.

“The Camp Reserve Master Plan aims to consider future development that recognises the importance of this reserve as a major venue for senior sport in the shire, while also acknowledging the need for it to remain an accessible and welcoming space for informal activities, community recreation and events such as the Castlemaine Show,” said Phil Josipovic, Director, Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

The draft plan was developed by sport and recreation experts in consultation with the reserve’s Committee of Management made up of user groups, and was placed on public exhibition for five weeks from Monday 16 June to Monday 22 July 2019.

Proposed features include:
• A new community pavilion outside the flood zone for club and community use
• New public toilets and female-friendly change facilities in the pavilion
• Fully compliant netball (and basketball) courts with lights, coaches box and viewing shelter
• An improved pedestrian pathway to link Forest Street to Castlemaine Railway
• A new carpark near the pavilion at the south-west end, with more parking available along Gingell St and at the northern end.

Other recommendations included replacement of cricket nets, improved pedestrian paths, an event lawn and interpretive signage.

Under the proposal, Poplar and Elm trees along the east side of the reserve would stay, along with historically significant features such as the agricultural pavilion and horse stables. Aging infrastructure like old club rooms, toilets, change facilities, poultry pavilion, some fencing and several trees would be removed to make way for new infrastructure.

Council received 89 submissions and about 30 people attended an information session.

“Thank you to everyone who provided input to the draft master plan for Camp Reserve. There has been a lot of enthusiasm and broad support for the need to upgrade the facilities and improve amenity at the reserve,” said Mr Josipovic.

“There were also some concerns raised about some specific items in the draft plan such as the potential impacts on car parking, noise and potential tree removal.”

“It should be noted the plan is conceptual at this stage and we now preparing a report to brief Councillors on the outcomes of the consultation on the plan which will be considered at a future Council Meeting,” he said.

If changes are made to the master plan, there will be another round of community consultation. Once finalised, the plan will set the direction and play an important role in helping Council to secure funding for future upgrades. The draft plan is still available to view on the Have your say section of Council’s website.

Image: Camp Reserve in Castlemaine is one of the major sporting venues in the shire.

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