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The City of Greater Bendigo is about to commence two important recreation projects – a masterplan for the Dower Park Recreation Reserve in Kangaroo Flat and a plan for the Spring Gully Reserve Corridor.
City of Greater Bendigo Manager of Recreation Pat Jess said the community will be encouraged to have input into both projects.
“Dower Park is used for a variety of sport and recreation activities and is home to more than eight sports clubs and groups, including the Bendigo Women’s Football Club, Kangaroo Flat Football & Netball Club and Kangaroo Flat Sports Club.
“The reserve is managed by a Committee of Management appointed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).
“Council has funded the development of a Master Plan for the site to guide improvements and priorities for the reserve, including management responsibilities for the future,” said Mr Jess.
He said the Spring Gully Reserve Corridor is a large linear reserve that includes a number of important recreational facilities including Spring Gully Reserve, Spring Gully Soccer Fields, Tennis Courts, BMX Track and La Trobe Bendigo Athletics Complex.
“While it’s important to investigate the best use of these facilities we must also ensure that we protect this valuable bushland reserve which is very popular for walking, cycling, barbeques and it’s natural beauty.
“The reserve is located in a populated area and as a result there is considerable pressure for use and development of this important open space. By working with the Spring Gully Recreation Committee we are keen to establish a plan to guide its future development,” he said.
“As part of both projects the City is very keen to hear from individuals and groups regarding their experiences with the current facilities and open space available along Spring Gully Creek and also at Dower Park.
“We want to know what is working well, what could be improved and what types of facilities are needed for both areas.
“We are inviting interested members of the public to send their written comments and suggestions to Lincoln Fitzgerald, City of Greater Bendigo, PO Box 733, Bendigo Vic 3552 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday May 25.
“Members of the public can also provide feedback at a public meeting to discuss the Spring Gully Corridor Plan on Wednesday May 23, from 5:30 – 6:30pm at the Spring Gully Public Hall.
“Residents can also fill out a separate online community survey for each project at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au until Friday May 25,” said Mr Jess.
He said specialist planning consultants Insight Leisure Planning have been appointed by Council to undertake both projects.
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Updated: 11:53 AM, 18 May 2012
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Bendigo Victoria 3552
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