The Carisbrook Recreation Reserve upgrade project is now underway following Council’s endorsement of revised plans at its April council meeting.
Central Goldfields Shire Tullaroop Ward Councillor, Anna De Villiers said she was thrilled to see the project commence.
“This is a community led project that is set to have real benefit to our Tullaroop Ward community,” Cr De Villiers said.
“Not only will it provide recreational opportunities for our residents and wider community but it will also provide a dedicated facility for staging events, classes and gatherings.”
Identified as one of Council’s Priority Projects, as well as a key project in Council’s Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2020-29, the project will deliver an accessible and inclusive modern sporting facility providing dedicated change rooms for females and a community hub for the growing population of Carisbrook and surrounding townships.
Carisbrook Recreation Reserve President, Troy Driscoll said the project had been around six years in the making.
“It’s rewarding to see that many years of planning and advocacy has paid off and we are one step closer to this project becoming a reality,” said Mr Driscoll.
“As many in our community know, some of our facilities here are long overdue for a refresh and so it’s great feeling for our Club members and user groups to know it won’t be long until we’ll be able to enjoy first class facilities here right here for many years to come.
“With the Reserve home to both men’s and women’s football, netball, bowls and cricket – on any home game during the winter playing season we can have around 300 people using our facility – it’s without doubt not only a recreational hub for the community of Carisbrook and the surround district – but a social one too.”
In October 2018 the Victorian Government allocated $2 million for stage one of the project. A further $2,157,900 was announced in August, 2020 for stage two. Council has committed to providing $118,000 towards Stage 1 and $220,000 towards Stage 2, a total of $338,000.
The Carisbrook Recreation Reserve project will be delivered in four stages:
- Stage One: Early Works – car parking, new vehicle entry, removal of away change rooms and a new green keepers shed (Stage One underway with completion expected by the end of August, 2021).
- Stage Two: Upgrades to the existing netball and tennis courts – court resurfacing and line-marking.
- Stage Three: New pavilion including – female friendly player and umpire change rooms and amenities, two netball change rooms and amenities, a new netball show court with lighting, multi-purpose room for events and meetings, first aid rooms, office space, baby feeding room, disabled car space, ramps and viewing platform.
- Stage Four: A bowls/community pavilion with a toilet block – a new pavilion to service bowling greens and community events, kitchen with kiosk, accessible public toilets at end of building, disabled car space, ramps and viewing platform.