Council has adopted the Masterplan for Central Springs Reserve. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on ideas to revitalise the area, as well as the draft masterplan. Council adopted the plan at its Council meeting on Tuesday 19 October 2021.
The masterplan includes improvements such as:
- New carpark that meets Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements
- Improved paths around the reserve and to Lake Daylesford
- Elevated walkways to provide viewing opportunities and protect important vegetation
- Two potential locations identified for DDA compliant toilet
- Improved setting of the mineral spring pumps to improve access, functionality and presentation
- Open shelter which reflects the relationship of the site with Traditional Owners
- Information signs about the mineral spring pumps
- Broad timber platforms under existing trees for groups and individuals
- Indigenous plantings.
A community survey was conducted in March and April 2021 to understand how people use the reserve, what they value and ideas for improvement. The results of the survey are shown in this summary document. This feedback helped to inform the masterplan.
A public survey was also undertaken in 2019 that focused on the tree-damaged, bandstand structure. The results of this survey were mixed between the desire to rebuild the bandstand in its original location and provision of a structure elsewhere in the Reserve. Being assessed as beyond repair, the bandstand was demolished in 2020. To rebuild in the current location would present significant accessibility and funding challenges. The masterplan will consider the need to re-introduce a form of shelter whilst balancing the recommended location with other objectives for the Reserve.