Mailors Flat Community Hub - LGPro Awards for Excellence finalist

Published on 08 March 2017

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Moyne Shire has been recognised for its outstanding work in Local Government and the wider community at the 2017 LGPro Awards for Excellence.

The Mailors Flat Community Hub was one of six finalists in the Community Assets & Infrastructure Initiative – $1.5 Million & Under section.

Mailors Flat is a small township with a population of 500. Its large rural lifestyle blocks continue to attract young families who commute to Warrnambool or Koroit to work but enjoy spending their weekends in a smaller community.

Prior to the completion of the Mailors Flat Community Hub the only facilities the town had were some run down tennis courts and a reasonably comfortable community hall.

Following an extensive planning project between Moyne Shire and the Mailors Flat Community, a community hub was designed and constructed to cater for a range of community needs.

The objective of the project, which cost just over $500,000, was to design a community space that catered for a young and growing community, as well as for the Mailors Flat Tennis Club and passing traffic.

Beautification included the installation of a covered barbecue area with landscaped surrounds that complements the existing native trees in the area. Improved passive recreation opportunities were created by installing a playground, new tennis courts, development of an open space kick around area and using a former sealed car park area as a scooter and bicycle area.

Improved safety was achieved through defined and sealed parking areas together with footpaths leading to the hall and key activity nodes. Appropriate and accessible toilet facilities were installed for all users and have also proven to be popular with passing traffic.

Safer pedestrian options have been provided by connecting the existing footpath at the front of the area to the hall and activity nodes without the need to interact with cars in the car park.