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06 December 2023
Final masterplans to breathe new life into facilities at Minyip Recreation Reserve and Rabl Park, Murtoa were adopted at a Yarriambiack Shire Council meeting.
The motion also authorised chief executive Tammy Smith to seek funding opportunities for the implementation of masterplans at both locations.
The council first received funding in June 2022 to develop a masterplan for Minyip Recreation Reserve, as part of the State Government’s 2021-22 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Additional funds in the council budget were then allocated to develop the Rabl Park, Murtoa masterplan.
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Cr Tom Hamilton moved the recommendation to adopt both masterplans at the council’s November meeting.
Several facilities at both precincts are no longer compliant with current standards or do not meet community needs.
Both documents are 10-year strategic masterplans, designed following community engagement processes.
The masterplan for Minyip Recreation Reserve identifies short-term aims to provide new amenities and changeroom facility, new swimming pool amenities and changerooms, goal netting and an electric scoreboard for the oval as well as two new netball and tennis courts with lighting.
In the medium term, priorities include a new play and picnic node, an upgrade to the war memorial and the construction of a helipad.
An upgrade to oval lighting is a long-term priority along with sealed carparking and pathways.
Murtoa’s Rabl Park masterplan provides directions for future upgrades while recognising the council has limited resources for future development.
Short-term priorities for the Murtoa facility include an upgrade to the skatepark, construction of shade, replacing picnic settings, installation of CCTV and an upgrade of the former railway bridge.
Other priorities include a fenced off-lead dog area, development of a network of sealed pathways and a pedestrian link from Degenhardt Street into the western side of the park.
The State Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action own both precincts, with the council managing Rabl Park and a committee of management in charge of Minyip Recreation Reserve.
“I still think we need to manage community expectation on masterplans,” Cr Hamilton said.
“We need to work with the committee of management, which we are on for Rabl Park, but at Minyip Recreation Reserve and our other recreation reserves also.”
Cr Hamilton said the council needed government grants and other resources to achieve the priorities of the masterplans and meet community expectations.
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