Saturday, May 25, 2024

Central Springs Reserve plan released for comment

Hepburn Shire Council is seeking community feedback on a masterplan to improve Central Springs Reserve, a popular destination for locals and visitors, located at the southern end of Lake Daylesford.

The masterplan seeks to create a long-term plan to upgrade and improve the site and incorporates feedback from a community survey conducted earlier this year.

Mayor, Lesley Hewitt said the masterplan included a range of improvements to the well-loved reserve.

“The masterplan shows how we will improve the appearance of this important location, with better paths, furniture, plantings and connectivity,” said Mayor Hewitt.

“One of the key aims is to improve access in and around the reserve so it better caters for older people or those with accessibility needs,” she said.

Other improvements include:

  • New carpark that meets Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements;
  • Improved paths around the reserve and to Lake Daylesford;
  • Elevated walkways to provide viewing opportunities and protect important vegetation;
  • DDA compliant toilet;
  • Improved setting of the mineral spring pumps to improve access, functionality and presentation;
  • Open shelter which reflects the relationship of the site with Traditional Owners;
  • Information signs about the mineral spring pumps;
  • Broad timber platforms under existing trees for groups and individuals;
  • Indigenous plantings.

“Whether people are meeting up with friends, doing some exercise, or just relaxing, we know that Central Springs Reserve is a lovely spot to visit. The works outlined in the masterplan will make it an even better place to spend time,” said Mayor Hewitt.

Once the masterplan is finalised, it will be presented for consideration by Council at a future meeting. Council says it will seek government assistance with funding.

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