Com­ment on Ge­orge and El­iza Jones re­serve

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - HOME SWEET HOME -

Com­mu­nity feed­back is be­ing sought on po­ten­tial open space im­prove­ments for the Ge­orge and El­iza Jones Re­serve in Warragul.

The re­serve was es­tab­lished as part of res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments in Martin Court and Fern­ery Boule­vard and con­tains trees of her­itage sig­nif­i­cance, a dam and a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment wa­ter­way.

Cur­rently, the only open space im­prove­ment con­tained in the re­serve is a pic­nic shel­ter. There is no for­mal ac­cess path through the re­serve.

Draft de­signs have been pre­pared for com­mu­nity con­sid­er­a­tion and in­clude op­tions for open space im­prove­ments in­clud­ing: board­walk and view­ing plat­form over­look­ing the lake; a path con­nec­tion to Martin Crt; link­ing paths within the re­serve; safety fenc­ing around the lake; di­rec­tional sig­nage; and, tree and veg­e­ta­tion plant­ings for buf­fer zones and shade.

Any other op­tions pro­posed by the com­mu­nity also will be con­sid­ered.

Mayor Mikaela Powere said there was no fund­ing al­lo­cated to im­ple­ment­ing the draft de­signs, how­ever with a com­mu­nity sup­ported plan coun­cil can con­sider al­lo­cat­ing fu­ture fund­ing or seek ex­ter­nal fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Parks and open spa­ces play a big role in our shire’s live­abil­ity. We strongly en­cour­age the lo­cal com­mu­nity to re­view the draft de­signs pro­posed for Ge­orge and El­iza Jones Re­serve and let us know what you think.

“Your feed­back will help us make an in­formed de­ci­sion to im­prove open spa­ces for our com­mu­nity,” she said.

Cr Danny Goss said over re­cent years com­mu­nity mem­bers had told coun­cil they wanted to see im­prove­ments to this re­serve, par­tic­u­larly re­gard­ing in­creas­ing safety around the lake.

“Com­mu­nity safety is al­ways our num­ber one pri­or­ity, so we’re keen to find out if the draft de­signs meet com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said.

Feed­back sub­mis­sions must be lodged by 5pm on De­cem­ber 14. To see full project de­tails, please go to www.baw­baw

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