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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Cr Jackie Ashe

Recreation review at Eildon

Over the past couple of months, Murrindindi Shire Council has started talking with the community of Eildon about recreation and open spaces in the township to make sure these continue to meet the needs of the community in the future.

Eildon Ward Councillor, Jackie Ashe, said originally there was some confusion about which facilities and reserves might be affected if and when changes are made to Eildon’s recreational spaces.

“The idea of decommissioning some reserves was a source of particular concern for some people; however, Council is at the beginning of a process of reviewing recreational spaces in Eildon and other parts of the Shire. Rest assured though, no decisions will be made until the community has the opportunity to share their feedback,” Cr Ashe said.

“We want to know about how and when locals and visitors are currently using the existing recreation facilities and spaces and what facilities they would like to see in the future.

“At the moment, Council is looking specifically at the Walter Moore and Thomas C. Marr Reserve sites for potential upgrade works. We believe investment in this location might really help attract visitors, especially those in the market to take advantage of other local offerings, such as camping sites and caravan parks.

“I can see in my mind’s eye what a lively main street business precinct an overhaul of these spaces would make for. But, don’t take my word for it, tell us what you think,” Cr Ashe said.

“Council officers will be collecting ideas and feedback at a drop-in session at the Eildon Primary School on December 10 between 3.30pm and 6.30pm. Officers will also be out the front of Foodworks on Main Street, Eildon on December 14 between 9am and 11am to get your thoughts about current and future recreational spaces in Eildon.

“Can’t make it on either of those dates? No worries, just jump onto our website and fill in the survey – you can find it, and more information about the Walter Moore and Thomas C. Marr Reserves Review at www.

“Once we’ve collected input from the community, we’ll bring everything together and draw up a concept design.

“We’ll then take this concept design to the community for feedback and once we have a relatively firm idea of the plan, we’ll start working on funding.

“Because we’re expecting this to be a fairly big project, we will need to secure additional support to supplement Council’s budget investment.

“I think we can all agree that formal and informal sport, recreation and open spaces are often where we encounter that feeling of social connection and belonging.

“And that’s not to mention how important these spaces are for facilitating active and healthy lifestyles.

“A sense of community and wellbeing is what Council wants for all of its communities, for every resident and visitor to Eildon. That’s why this is such an important project, and why we need your input,” Cr Ashe said.