Footscray Trugo Club site concept plan

Consultation has concluded

In mid 2016 Council called for contributions regarding the future use of the Footscray Trugo Club site at 139 Buckley St Seddon. The consultation generated very strong interest with more than 350 people responding to the online survey. Council carefully considered the feedback in line with relevant Council strategies and has now developed a Draft Concept Plan which can be viewed on the right side of the screen.

298 of the survey respondents suggested the site be used for trugo. A large number (125) also suggested the site should be open to the public and used for various open space uses. A number of respondents noted that trugo and open space could be compatible uses.

Here is some further feedback on the responses Council received and the way these have been addressed in developing the draft plan.

Use of the site for trugo

Use of the site for trugo is supported given the strong response from the community. Allowing an open lawn area for casual trugo and general use as open space could achieve a flexible and multi-use space.

Existing pavilion building

Of the 298 respondents suggesting trugo, 25 per cent also mentioned retention and restoration of the existing pavilion.

The pavilion in its current state is in a very poor condition and would require substantial investment in order to be made safe for use, including the need for a toilet.

Council decided that following Stage 1 implementation the success and growth of the trugo club would be assessed over the following 2 years. If the trugo club continues to grow the pavilion requirements will be considered at this time. This may involve the retention, restoration or replacement of the structure.

Commercial venue

Several submissions suggested a café, bar or other commercial use of the pavilion building (25 contributions received). This is not supported as the Maribyrnong Municipal Strategic Statement on economic development discourages retail development outside of identified activity centres.

Commercial activity is inconsistent with the Maribyrnong Open Space Strategy recommendations for the site.

Community garden

Suggestions for a community garden in this location (25 contributions received) are not currently supported by Council. Council's priority is to focus on supporting existing gardens in order to make them sustainable in their membership and management. The development of any new community gardens will be encouraged on ancillary land (such as surplus rail land) rather than usable open space.

Playground

Several people suggested a playground be provided at this location (10). Given the small size of the site, the incorporation of a playground would preclude use of the site for trugo, and is therefore not supported at this location. The existing playground at Bristow Reserve on Pilgrim Street, located 300m from the site, serves this neighbourhood.

Dog park

Several requests were received for the site to be used as an off leash dog park (16). The small size of the site makes this use impractical. There would not be a large enough space for dogs to run freely and such intense use in a small area would lead to great difficulty in maintaining any acceptable grass surface. It would also preclude use of the site for trugo.

Please let us know what you think of the Draft Concept Plan in the guestbook below. These comments will be collated and considered in finalising the Plan.

In mid 2016 Council called for contributions regarding the future use of the Footscray Trugo Club site at 139 Buckley St Seddon. The consultation generated very strong interest with more than 350 people responding to the online survey. Council carefully considered the feedback in line with relevant Council strategies and has now developed a Draft Concept Plan which can be viewed on the right side of the screen.

298 of the survey respondents suggested the site be used for trugo. A large number (125) also suggested the site should be open to the public and used for various open space uses. A number of respondents noted that trugo and open space could be compatible uses.

Here is some further feedback on the responses Council received and the way these have been addressed in developing the draft plan.

Use of the site for trugo

Use of the site for trugo is supported given the strong response from the community. Allowing an open lawn area for casual trugo and general use as open space could achieve a flexible and multi-use space.

Existing pavilion building

Of the 298 respondents suggesting trugo, 25 per cent also mentioned retention and restoration of the existing pavilion.

The pavilion in its current state is in a very poor condition and would require substantial investment in order to be made safe for use, including the need for a toilet.

Council decided that following Stage 1 implementation the success and growth of the trugo club would be assessed over the following 2 years. If the trugo club continues to grow the pavilion requirements will be considered at this time. This may involve the retention, restoration or replacement of the structure.

Commercial venue

Several submissions suggested a café, bar or other commercial use of the pavilion building (25 contributions received). This is not supported as the Maribyrnong Municipal Strategic Statement on economic development discourages retail development outside of identified activity centres.

Commercial activity is inconsistent with the Maribyrnong Open Space Strategy recommendations for the site.

Community garden

Suggestions for a community garden in this location (25 contributions received) are not currently supported by Council. Council's priority is to focus on supporting existing gardens in order to make them sustainable in their membership and management. The development of any new community gardens will be encouraged on ancillary land (such as surplus rail land) rather than usable open space.

Playground

Several people suggested a playground be provided at this location (10). Given the small size of the site, the incorporation of a playground would preclude use of the site for trugo, and is therefore not supported at this location. The existing playground at Bristow Reserve on Pilgrim Street, located 300m from the site, serves this neighbourhood.

Dog park

Several requests were received for the site to be used as an off leash dog park (16). The small size of the site makes this use impractical. There would not be a large enough space for dogs to run freely and such intense use in a small area would lead to great difficulty in maintaining any acceptable grass surface. It would also preclude use of the site for trugo.

Please let us know what you think of the Draft Concept Plan in the guestbook below. These comments will be collated and considered in finalising the Plan.

Guest Book

Introduction

Thanks for considering both the need for open space, heritage value of the site and trugo playing.I believe the plans particularly for the northern section of the site are useful and complete.The stabilization and retention of the existing hall structure should be considered strongly, even if if cannot easily be restored, due to its heritage value.Since incorporation of modern toilet facilities in the old structure may be difficult, perhaps introduction of unisex, accessible toilet facility could be incorporated in a free standing structure? This would allow further facility on site prior to decisions being made on the heritage structure.I understand that space is limited, so an option which provides for sustained use of the park even without redevelopment of the pavillion is desirable. Where redevelopment (especially within the existing structure) is possible, this would be of significant benefit to the community.

gregdaley over 3 years ago

The trugo club have been doing amazing work to get the sport reinvigorated in the area. But it's not about the sport it's the social connectedness and inclusion and creation on community links that is important. I understand the investment to renovate the club house is large, but really it's small in comparison to the benefits a multi use venue will have in the area.There used to be a senior citizen centre across the road that could be used by the general public as a meeting room space. This was acquired by regional rail link and no council building has been put in its place in the area. My understanding was council received money from this property when it was acquired. Finding a community space in the same area would be the right thing to do with that money.This area would benefit from a space that is inclusive and available for use by the community. Please consider renovating the club house now. A club with no toilet is certainly not going to be functional.

kimareehutchinson over 3 years ago

Irena you can contact Footscray Trugo Club through our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/footscraytrugoclub/

Footscray Trugo Club over 3 years ago

Sounds great but 2 years is along time without a loo. How does the club get built up if the facilities don't support it? Also, if the building needs so much repair how is it safe for use while the club is developed further ?

Aced over 3 years ago

I like the concept however two years is a long time to wait for reconsideration and a decision to be made. I fear that the fantastic work the club has been doing to attract new members and community interest will wain if the facilities are not up to scratch.

margaret over 3 years ago

Sounds great to me! Full steam ahead.

Lisa over 3 years ago

What are contact details for the Truigo Club?

Irena Lobaza over 3 years ago