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See the future of Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve in new master plan

Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve on Maclise Street, Castlemaine.

New play equipment and nature elements for children, a path network for better accessibility, and an increase in shade and trees are just a few of the proposed improvements planned for the Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve, located on Maclise Street in Castlemaine.

Tuesday 23 March 2021

New play equipment and nature elements for children, a path network for better accessibility, and an increase in shade and trees are just a few of the proposed improvements planned for the Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve, located on Maclise Street in Castlemaine.

Improvements also include a parkour course for teens, additional park seating, picnic settings, and signage with local Indigenous cultural heritage information.

The detail on upgrades at the reserve are outlined in a new landscape master plan for the site, which has been developed by Mount Alexander Shire Council following an extensive community and stakeholder consultation process.

“During the first stage of consultation in April 2020, the community shared information on how they use the reserve, their favourite features and ideas for improvements,” said Cath Olive, Manager Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Council integrated those ideas into a draft landscape master plan, which the community have since provided input on via face-to-face meetings, and through our online and print surveys.

“Based on that feedback, and in consultation with Dja Dja Wurrung and other First Nations community elders, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), we’ve developed an exciting master plan that will guide the revitalisation of the reserve over the next 10 years,” said Ms Olive.

The Norwood Hill Recreation Reserve Landscape Master Plan will be implemented in four key stages, subject to future funding.

Stage one works include:

- The revitalisation of the open space of the reserve through planting shade trees, gardens and a new path network to increase accessibility.
- The creation of a new nature play section and improvements to the existing play space including new play equipment.
- Enhancements to the barbecue shelter and park furniture.
The reserve’s existing swing set, climbing elements and much-loved sandpit and digger will be retained. The cricket net will be relocated to the western side of the courts in stage two of the works.

Future works outlined in the master plan include:

- The revitalisation of the existing tennis courts with the creation of an exciting teen space, including parkour equipment, hit-up wall, netball and basketball hoops.
- The inclusion of a large basket swing at the courts.
- The closure of vehicle access through the reserve via Lawrence Street to increase park users’ safety.
- Better integration and planting improvements to the natural corridor of land located between Lawrence and Landseer streets which is managed by DELWP (subject to DELWP funding).

Council is funding stage one of the works through its 2020/2021 Capital Works budget, in conjunction with $11,000 received through the Victorian Government’s Community Shade Grant Program.

Council will use the master plan to seek funding from state and federal funding programs to progress the proposed stages as opportunities arise.

“Future stages of the project are subject to funding and Council will be actively exploring grant opportunities,” said Ms Olive.

Residents are encouraged to view the draft landscape master plan on Council’s website, www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/CapitalWorks.

For more information on the project, contact Troy Lyons, Project Officer on 5471 1700 or t.lyons@mountalexander.vic.gov.au



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