Upgrades Underway at Peterborough’s Irvine Reserve
Published on 04 January 2021
Works are underway to improve the recreational facilities at Peterborough’s Irvine Reserve, with new fencing, enlarged field, multi-use sporting facilities, carparking, landscaping, walking trails, seating and a children’s nature playspace included in Council’s Master Plan.
Moyne Shire Council Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said that Council is focused on investing in its communities through upgrades to open spaces and recreational facilities.
“Council recognises the importance of improving and maintaining our open spaces to meet the needs of the community, enhance the region and encourage more opportunities for social activities.”
“Irvine Reserve is already a popular place for residents and visitors to meet and participate in a range of physical activities and events,” said Cr Meade.
“This is an exciting project for Council to enhance and protect the existing assets, improve facilities and usability, and increase the tourism potential by creating more offerings that inspire visitors to stay and explore the region.”
The project boasts upgrades to the existing infrastructure at the Reserve and a proposed new boardwalk, seating and walking tracks, children’s playspace and landscaping.
“Council officers are getting to work on a new nature-inspired playground, that reflects the local flora and fauna, and uses natural materials such as sand, logs and rocks, as an alternative to the more formal play area at the Peterborough foreshore,” explained Cr Meade.
“Works will also begin on the removal of the unsealed road to provide for a larger open playing field, relocation of the cricket nets and new line marking on the tennis courts to maximise usage and incorporate basketball, netball, soccer, and even skating and scooters.”
“A walking trail will connect the new footpath on Old Peterborough Road to a new wetland pond boardwalk, with bird hides, shelters, seating and decking, to provide more opportunities for users to explore the natural beauty of the site.”
“Landscaping and new vegetation with help improve the natural ecosystem and provide shelter from the wind.”
Cr Meade said that the community welcomed Council’s investment in Irvine Reserve during the various stages of consultation with residents, sporting clubs and other stakeholders.
“The Peterborough community have expressed a need for accessible and functional open spaces.”
“Providing better opportunities for social interactions and participation within the community has never been more important to the wellbeing of our community,” Cr Meade said.
“Council are thrilled to be delivering a project that is community-focused and enhances a valuable asset in the heart of Peterborough.”
The Irvine Reserve Master Plan has been developed to inform the development and investment in the Reserve and is available to view on the Moyne Shire Council website.
The site will be temporarily unavailable for recreational activities until works are completed. The project is expected to be completed by mid 2021.