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Published Friday 11 February 2022
Tags:General, Environment, Media Release

Funding boost for open space and recreation

Four key open space and recreation projects in Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan worth $3.14 million can now go ahead thanks to $2.56 million funding from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF).

Mitchell Shire Council will provide $580,000 to deliver the projects including $1.1 million for stage two of Ryans Creek Reserve in Kilmore, $1 million for a new central cycle and natural trail at Wallan Community Park, $140,000 for a new play space at Greenhill Reserve and $900,000 to upgrade the accessible play space at Chittick Park in Seymour.

The latest announcement sees almost $27.8 million being provided to Mitchell Shire Council from the Growing Suburbs Fund.

This, and other grants, has funded nearly 30 projects totalling more than $41.5 million in the past seven years.

Kilmore: Ryans Creek Reserve stage two

A $1.1 million project ($900,000 from Growing Suburbs Fund, $200,000 from Council)

Stage two of Kilmore’s Ryan’s Creek Reserve Activation will build on the success of stage one

The reserve, on the northern side of Kilmore-Lancefield Road, will feature new design elements including boardwalks, exercise equipment, youth play spaces, landscaping, unisex toilets and improved lighting will further activate this vital open space corridor and support improved access, social connections and community well-being in Kilmore.

The $1.1 million project will receive $900,000 from the GSF and $200,000 will be contributed by Council.

Wallan: Central Cycle and Natural Trail at Wallan Community Park

A $1 million project ($800,000 from Growing Suburbs Fund and $200,000 from Council)

The Wallan Central Cycle and Nature Trail will highlight the importance of the Wallan Creek and features upgraded entrances, additional paths, new bridges, nature play, a beginner’s riding trail and interpretive signage.

The two entrances from the adjacent local street will be significantly upgraded to act as landmark gateways to the site, with feature paving, signage, vertical gateway elements, seating and improved drainage.

Existing granitic sand paths will be upgraded to shared path standards and two additional circuit paths will be created. A third circuit will be tailored and themed to beginner cyclists.

A series of timber, rope and corten steel elements will form a nature play space embedded in the landscape, along with locally sourced logs and rock. play.

A signage trail through the existing Wallan Creek wetlands will offer engagement and education.

There is opportunity to connect the project’s new trails to the planned trails, including those within the King and Queen Street precinct along the Mittagong Creek corridor.

The $1 million project will receive $800,000 from the GSF in addition to $200,000 contributed by Council.

Wallan Greenhill Reserve Playspace

A $140,000 project ($110,000 from Growing Suburbs Fund and $30,000 from Council)

The Greenhill Reserve Playspace project in Wallan will deliver a vital upgrade at the only large sports reserve currently serving the needs of Mitchell Shire’s southern growth area.

The new play equipment will include a large climbing cube double play unit, double swing set, seating and climbing rocks and logs for nature play.

Environmentally sustainable design principles have been introduced by incorporating nature play elements such as climbing rocks and logs around sections of the perimeter of the playground.

The addition of park seating will provide parents, guardians and carers with a safe and relaxing environment to adequately supervise the use of the play equipment.

Greenhill Reserve is heavily used and plays a significant role in connecting new residents and families to Wallan through local sports clubs.

The $140,000 project will receive $110,000 from the GSF and $30,000 will be contributed by Council.

Seymour: Chittick Park Accessible Playspace upgrade

A $900,000 project ($750,000 from Growing Suburbs Fund and $150,000 from Council)

The Chittick Park Accessible Playspace will upgrade and expand Seymour's all-abilities play space with new inclusive equipment, shade, nature play and plantings to encourage active lifestyles, community connections and skill development.

This vital project will activate informal outdoor recreation, swim and leisure opportunities at the adjacent Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre, youth spaces and services, and various community groups based in the park.

It will also form a gateway to all current and future community facilities and services located in the park and precinct and will also activate the planned Seymour Community, Health and Business Hub.

The $900,000 project will receive $750,000 from the GSF in addition to $150,000 contributed by Council.

Comments from Mayor Bill Chisholm

“The $2.56 million received from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund will allow Council to provide significantly upgraded and new outdoor facilities in Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan,” he said.

“Working together with the Victorian Government we can provide for the needs of the current community and prepare for Mitchell’s growth.

“We are very excited to see these important projects moving forward. We know what they mean to the community and can’t wait to have them up and running."

“Mitchell Shire is Victoria’s fastest growing municipality and the new face of growth in Melbourne’s north.

“This is a vital funding stream for our Shire and one that will help our communities connect, be active and provide much-needed opportunities to enjoy open space and playgrounds.

This is a great example of what can be achieved when we work in partnership with the State Government to deliver projects on behalf of our community and I would like to thank them for this latest funding round."

This page was last updated on 14 February 2022.