Planning for recreation upgrades

Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking feedback on draft Master Plans for Blue Gum Reserve in Cowes, Harold Hughes Reserve in Corinella, as well as a revised Master Plan for Thompson Reserve in Inverloch.

Master Plans are a long-term planning document, providing a layout to guide future growth and development.

Blue Gum Reserve provides a large open space for the community. The Reserve currently provides buildings, storage and activity areas for a number of user groups, including the Cowes CFA and SES, the Artist’s Society of Phillip Island, Offshore Theatre Group, Phillip Island Croquet Club, Phillip Island Lions Club, Phillip Island and San Remo Rotary and Phillip Island Scout Group.

The Reserve is also a popular dog walking location and provides a nine hole frisbee golf course.

Through a community engagement process, the key issues and opportunities considered when developing the Master Plan included preservation of the Reserve, investigation of limited vehicle access, dog walking areas, including a fenced off area and redevelopment of the Croquet Club Pavilion to include an externally accessible toilet.

As a major recreation hub for the town, Harold Hughes Reserve is home to the Corinella Bowls Club and Corinella Community Hall, a children’s playground, a public art piece, two tennis courts, a basketball ring and cricket nets.

Through a community engagement process, the key issues and opportunities considered when developing the Master Plan were the redevelopment of tennis courts to become multi-purpose, replacement of the playground, increased access and facilities for events and improved, permanent skate facilities.

Inverloch’s Thompson Reserve currently has a Master Plan, which was adopted in 2016. This Master Plan has recently been reviewed, in response to recent changes at the Reserve.

Through a community engagement process, some of the key issues and opportunities considered when reviewing the Master Plan included new change facilities for the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club, new multipurpose training facilities for a variety of sports, ongoing maintenance for the BMX track and improved access for vehicles and pedestrians.

The Master Plans include both short and long term actions and will be on public exhibition for final community feedback for a six-week period, from Monday, 24 June to Sunday, 4 August.


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