While these days it’s uncommon for towns to have a Common, Broadford’s is set for a makeover.
Originally known as the Town Common (or 'cow dung flats'), the Broadford Common dates back to 1861.
It has had many uses over the years, from grazing and a public garden to a horse track, cricket pitch and golf course.
Today the Broadford Common is used for recreational purposes. It is now in line for a $60,000 spruce up thanks to a grant from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Council is the appointed Committee of Management for the Common and will carry out the works.
Part of the Common, which was previously unusable has already been slashed, blackberry control will be undertaken this month and over summer, dumped rubbish will be cleaned up, trees will be assessed and old fences will be removed in consultation with Broadford and District Pony Club and the Broadford Riders Club.
These works will allow ongoing maintenance and open the reserve up for public use and enjoyment.
The works are part of a larger project for the Broadford Common, Sunday Creek and Dry Creek Reserves in Broadford.
Further works will include weed control, interpretive signage and revegetation.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the works would make the Common more enjoyable for the entire community.
“These works will ensure the Broadford Common is a place that can be used by the entire community,” Cr Sanderson said.
“It has the potential to be such a great space for our community to use, but first there needs to be a bit of work done to bring it up to scratch.
“On behalf of Council, I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for funding these works, which I’m sure our community will get so much use of when completed.”