Revamp breathes new life into Altona and Newport Reserves

Frazer Reserve concept plan

Works to improve two of Hobsons Bay’s reserves will start this month.

Following community consultation, the transformations of Frazer Reserve in Altona and Paine Reserve in Newport will get under way.

Works at Frazer Reserve include:

  • a new picnic shelter

  • new footpaths

  • additional tree planting and new garden beds

  • new fencing along the south side of the reserve facing the Esplanade.

In addition, three existing trees that are in poor condition will be removed and replaced with six Banksia Integrifolia’s, a species selected for its biodiversity values.

During these works the reserve will be closed to the public, however, access to the existing public toilets facing Millers Road will be maintained. The works are scheduled for completion in June.

Meanwhile, construction has just commenced on Stage 1 works of the Paine Reserve Landscape Master Plan and are scheduled to run until the end of 2020.

Once completed, the reserve will feature a new and improved play space area with custom-made elements such as a life-size, custom-built train to reflect the rail history of Newport.

Other highlights will include:

  • more opportunities for a wider range of events and uses of the park with a large open lawn area, small plaza spaces and the new play space

  • a greater connection between the nearby buildings and the park with an outdoor study deck at the Newport Library entrance

  • park furniture and signage.During construction, Paine Reserve will be closed. The Newport Community Hub – located in front of Paine Reserve – will remain accessible from Market Street and Mason Street.

  • The works are part of Council’s 2019–20 Capital Works Program which includes $59.77 million of renewal, upgrade and new works across the municipality.

Quotes attributed to Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Colleen Gates

“Both Paine and Frazer Reserves serve as important open spaces for Newport and Altona.

“They offer wonderful passive and active recreation for all ages and all different types of users and, once completed, I am sure the spaces will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

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