$2m boost for eight sports and recreation sites across Merri-bek

The Victorian Government Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program awarded Merri-bek Council with over $2 million to provide additional amenities such as circuit paths, drinking fountains, BBQ facilities, and outdoor fitness equipment at eight parks across Merri-bek.

Moreland Council has committed an additional $1.322 million to these parks through the upgrade of play spaces, landscaping and fencing.

Sites to receive the upgrades include Balfe Reserve, Dunstan Reserve, Martin Reserve, Charles Mutton Reserve, Rayner Reserve, Richards Reserve, Sewell Reserve and Harmony Park. Upgrades of Balfe Reserve and Martin Reserve are already complete.

The Covid-19 pandemic has a seen an increased use of local reserves and a focus on non-organised fitness and recreation. This project supports the use of our reserve and provides a wide range of benefits including increased accessibility to parks for all residents; better walking/running networks, more seating, shelters and BBQs.

Moreland Mayor, Cr Annalivia Carli Hannan said the initiative builds upon some  current play and park renewal projects in Merri-bek.

“Combining BBQ facilities, circuit paths and outdoor fitness equipment presents a fun way for the whole community to get active and socialise with family and friends,” said Cr Carli Hannan.

“Many of these sites never had paths around the ovals, the upgrades will provide better access for everyone”.

“The strong partnership between Merri-bek Council and Sport and Recreation Victoria allows the delivery of sports and recreation infrastructure to our growing, changing communities”, Cr Hannan said.

The project is due to be completed by November 2021.