Council has endorsed the Jubilee Park Enhancement Plan, which sets out a vision for future improvements to the premier sporting precinct.
Jubilee Park, located in Ringwood, is part of a large sporting precinct and hosts a range of sporting clubs including football, cricket, tennis, croquet, soccer and boxing, as well as Aquanation.
The newly-endorsed enhancement plan proposes a staged approach to works at Jubilee Park as well as identifying a number of priorities for the precinct.
Mayor of Maroondah and Mullum Ward Councillor Mike Symon said the Jubilee Park Enhancement Plan for the precinct and surrounding open space had been developed following feedback from existing user groups and the community on proposed key elements for the precinct.
“Thank you to everyone who contributed their ideas and input during our community and stakeholder engagement. Your feedback has helped us to establish an exciting vision and clearer direction for Jubilee Park, as well as to identify improvement works that will take place over the short, medium and long term,” Cr Symon said.
Pavilion enhancements, including female friendly facilities, enhanced public lighting, improvements to pedestrian and cycling connectivity, more tree planting to increase bushland areas, improved accessibility and upgrades of playgrounds were among popular themes to emerge during consultations with key user groups and the broader community.
“Council undertook extensive discussions with stakeholders and two rounds of community consultation to facilitate the development of the Jubilee Park Enhancement Plan and the majority of the feedback has been encouragingly positive,” Cr Symon said.
The revised enhancement plan for Jubilee Park has been developed taking into account Council’s existing capital works program and external funding opportunities.
Council has received $2 million from the Victorian Government towards the $3.5 million redevelopment of the pavilion at Jubilee Park. Council will contribute a further $1.5 million to the project to be funded through its 2020/21 and 2021/22 capital works program.
“The $2 million from the Victorian Government will be used towards the redevelopment of the pavilion that serves the precinct, and in particular the Russell Lucas Oval, which is a Premier Grade cricket ground,” Cr Symon said.
Council will continue to advocate to the State and Federal governments for additional funding for some of the other components associated with the revised enhancement plan, including a proposed indoor cricket training facility earmarked for Stage 1 works that would be undertaken within the next three years.