Multi Million Dollar Reserve Upgrade Opens (22.03.2013)
Written on the 26 March 2013
New picnic and play areas, a skate park, and a beachside contemplation corner are some of the new attractions to St Kilda’s popular Marina Reserve Family Park, Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Georgie Crozier said today.
Ms Crozier attended the opening of the $4.23 million Marina Reserve Masterplan Works in St Kilda today, representing Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty.
She said the completed design and construction works included a new skate park and viewing area, picnic and play area, gathering space with seating and landscaping, a new accessible walking path, public toilets and improved environmental features.
“The local community and the thousands upon thousands of visitors to this very popular part of Melbourne will benefit from these new facilities,” Ms Crozier said.
“The Marina Reserve upgrade provides a great community space, where many people will establish new connections and networks and strengthen those that are already in place.”
Ms Crozier said the City of Port Phillip consulted with the community including local residents, police, users of the foreshore, skaters and state government in the development of the overall design which identified what facilities were needed in the reserve
“The Masterplan also provides for potential community events that could be conducted in the space including small markets, kite flying and even dog training,” Ms Crozier said.
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was pleased to have contributed $274,000 towards this important project, through the Community Support Grants program ($168,830) and Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Facility Funding program ($105,000), with the City of Port Phillip contributing almost $4 million.
“The Marina Reserve Masterplan Works project is a great example of state and local governments working together to build livable and resilient communities and contribute to the economic development and productivity across Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Delahunty said this project supported key government objectives to build healthy and active communities by providing people with the opportunity to walk, cycle and skate along the St Kilda foreshore and to participate in a whole range of other healthy recreation activities.
“The Victorian Coalition Government’s investment in this project is part of our plan to build more sustainable local venues that make a difference to local people,” Mr Delahunty said.
Local councils and not-for-profit community organisations in metropolitan areas can apply for Community Support Grants at any time.
Grants guidelines are available from the Department of Planning and Community Development’s grants website www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/communitysupportgrants.
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