Chirnside Park makeover masterplan to improve walking paths, revegetate river banks

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Werribee may be changing—with the population on track to reach 90,000 by 2041—but this master plan will ensure Chirnside Park continues to be a key community gathering place for years to come.

Improving walking and cycling paths, upgrading sports facilities and revegetating the banks of the Werribee River are key proposals of the new plan for Chirnside Park.

Wyndham City Councillors endorsed the Draft Chirnside Park Master Plan for community feedback at a recent Council meeting.

Wyndham Mayor and Family Friendly City portfolio holder Cr Mia Shaw said the plan proposed a major, $20 million upgrade for the precinct, to be implemented in stages over the next 10 years.

“The plan proposes to widen the walking paths along the Werribee River to three metres, where possible, with new paving and line-of-sight to the water,” Cr Shaw said.

“In addition, Council wants to celebrate Bungies Hole as a welcoming place to unwind and socialise, potentially through outdoor seating and landscaping.”

Sports Development portfolio holder Cr Peter Maynard said Werribee’s lawn bowlers would be able to play in rain, hail or shine in the future, thanks to a sheltered bowling green.

“The plan also calls for a new, fit-for-purpose bowling pavilion and for two of the four concrete tennis courts be to be replaced with synthetic surfaces,” Cr Maynard said.

“This will allow Werribee’s budding tennis champions to serve an ace on both hard and soft courts, a necessary skill if they ever go on tour!”

“Spectators at Chirnside Park oval will be more comfortable with the development of additional seating, shelter and access pathways,” Cr Maynard said.

Wyndham Mayor Cr Shaw said the plan was inspired by the nine-hectare site’s long and proud history.

“Werribee Cricket Club will also benefit from the oval upgrades, with Council and the club to continue to explore options for a potential relocation to a new reserve in the long-term. As far back as 40,000 years ago, people of the Kulin Nation lived in thriving communities along and around the Werribee River,” Cr Shaw said. “And since being gazetted as a public recreation reserve in 1870, the Chirnside Park precinct has hosted a wide variety of social and sporting events.”


Residents can provide feedback on the plan until 20 December 2019 by visiting https://theloop.wyndham.vic.gov.au/

 

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