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Baringhup Recreation Reserve improvements underway

New pathway at Baringhup Recreation Reserve.

Residents in Baringhup are reaping the rewards of a recent partnership between Mount Alexander Shire Council and the community to upgrade facilities at the Baringhup Recreation Reserve.

Tuesday 28 July 2020

Residents in Baringhup are reaping the rewards of a recent partnership between Mount Alexander Shire Council and the community to upgrade facilities at the Baringhup Recreation Reserve.

Improvements include an upgrade to tennis club rooms, the installation and painting of a new four-square court and outdoor picnic area, and the development of a walking track linking the hall, supper room, playground and recreation facilities.

The works transform the site into a user-friendly space, encouraging greater outdoor participation for all abilities.

Council began work at the site on Alfred Street in March, following consultation with local residents, the Baringhup Community Committee who manage the facility on Council’s behalf, and the Baringhup Landcare Group.

President of the Baringhup Community Committee, Dale Farnsworth said the community support for the restoration works has been strong.

“The phone calls that I’ve had from residents in the area about the reserve upgrades have been very positive,” said Mr Farnsworth.

“The upgrades will restore it as a community asset, so people can come here and walk, bird-watch, and bring the kids to ride bikes or play on the playground.”

“It’s a great thing for Baringhup and it’s terrific that Council has been so supportive,” said Mr Farnsworth.

Works at the site were undertaken following a detailed assessment of existing facilities at the reserve. Following the assessment, Council officers consulted with the Baringhup Hall and Reserve Committee and developed a plan of action to provide better access and amenity for users of the reserve.

Other upgrades at the reserve include the installation of hand rails to the club room steps, bird proofing of the kitchen space and painting in the club rooms. Works also include a kitchen refurbishment, and the planting of mature trees along the new walking track.

Further native and indigenous planting at the site will be undertaken by local residents in conjunction with Council, the Baringhup Community Committee and Baringhup Landcare Group.

“Due to COVID-19, we’ve been unable to hold a working bee at the site, but when restrictions ease, we’re looking forward to bringing the community together for some tree-planting and other activities,” said Mr Farnsworth.

Council is planning to build a new accessible toilet at the reserve, to be located adjacent to the supper room and hall. The new accessible toilet is in the design phase, and is expected to be complete by June 2021.

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Manager Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Cath Olive said the partnership between Council and the local community was a great example of the results that can be achieved when local government and community work together.

“The aim of the partnership was to create a welcoming and user-friendly space for the whole community in Baringhup to enjoy, and I think we’ve achieved that,” said Ms Olive.

“We’re really pleased to hear how much the community value the rejuvenation of the site, and are looking forward to seeing the work as it progresses.”

For more information about works at the Baringhup Recreation Reserve contact Mount Alexander Shire Council on 5471 1700 or info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au



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