Council has released the draft Herne Hill Reserve Master Plan for community feedback.
The plan outlines a series of proposed improvements that would bring the reserve and its facilities into line with modern standards.
- A significant pavilion refurbishment and extension
- Courtside facilities for netball including a public toilet
- New storage facilities next to cricket nets
- New playground
- Improved drainage
- Parkland paths
The extended pavilion would include six gender neutral change facilities, helping the growth and development of female participation.
Council has allocated $500,000 in its 2018-19 budget to deliver stage one, which would include removal of decrepit buildings, construction of netball courtside facilities including public toilet, and cricket net storage.
However, at this stage, Council has not committed further funds to the implementation of the master plan.
Funding of the remaining stages would require a partnership between state and federal governments, tenant clubs and the City of Greater Geelong.
Herne Hill Reserve is located between Finchaven Street, Norwood Street and
Edinburgh Avenue in Herne Hill.
It is home to St Joseph’s Football and Netball Club and St Peter’s Cricket Club, who have a combined total of 937 active club members. It’s also a valued open space for the broader community.
The draft master plan can be viewed for the next four weeks.
Acting Mayor Peter Murrihy:
If implemented, this master plan would address functional issues and encourage community use of the reserve.
The priorities identified during the plan’s development were to improve drainage and existing buildings, to provide safe parking and pedestrian movement, and to improve the quality of public open space on offer.
Cr Anthony Aitken, Co-Chair, Social
and Infrastructure Planning portfolio:
We’re pleased to have delivered $500,000 in this year’s budget to complete the first stage of this master plan.
We’ll now take into account the feedback we receive during the consultation period, and then work with the clubs and other levels of government on how the remainder of the project can be funded.