Why is an upgrade proposed as part of the masterplan?
Existing facilities are in poor condition and improvements are needed to enhance building functionality.
Improvements to the sport and recreation facilities including playing fields, cricket nets, courts and associated infrastructure, playground, trails, parkland and car park areas need to be undertaken to meet the current and future usage demands, and cater for increased participation. This includes under-represented groups including women and girls, juniors and people of all abilities.
High fencing around the eastern side of the reserve does not encourage or welcome passive or active recreation. The play space is nearing the end of its life and there is limited pathway connectivity around the reserve and to the Maribyrnong River.
With limited sport and open spaces across the municipality, it is imperative that all sporting facilities are welcoming and appropriately designed multi-purpose facilities relevant to the fast growing and ever changing community needs.
What consultation has been undertaken with the community so far?
Initial stakeholder engagement was undertaken in late 2018 by Otium Consulting including the following reserve user groups:
Consultation was also undertaken with local sporting associations, peak sporting bodies, Braybrook College and YMCA who currently manage Pennell Hall via contract with Council.
Local residents adjoining the reserve were letter box dropped and signage was placed at public entrance gates to the reserve, encouraging residents to access Council’s website for further information and the option to provide feedback.
The first stage of consultation helped to form a draft master plan concept.
Additional engagement was required to ensure the draft masterplan reflects the needs of existing user groups. Further engagement occurred with Braybrook Sporting Club, St Andrews Cricket Club, Southern Cross Archery and Maribyrnong Community Youth and Table Tennis Club.
We are currently undertaking Stage 2 engagement. As part of this process we will be seeking feedback on the draft masterplan concept from existing user groups, local residents and the broader community.
What are the opportunities to provide input?
The community are invited to review the proposed masterplan and provide feedback on the plans to identify what further improvements are needed.
Are these plans final?
No, the masterplan been created based on initial feedback received from the community. We are now asking the community to provide feedback on the revised plans to enable further adjustments to be made.
What is the timeframe for this project?
This will be dependent on available funding and is likely to be a staged process over the next 5 years.
What happens to my feedback?
The feedback received during community consultation will contribute to the further refinement of the plan.
Following the community consultation, an updated masterplan will be presented to Council to seek approval to go to the final stage of consultation, before the plans are adopted.
Will archery continue at Pennell Reserve?
There are safety risks associated with archery activities at the reserve and the masterplan recommends the fencing around the Eastern side of the reserve associated with the archery being removed and activated as open space for the community to use, and for archery to relocate elsewhere, as many of their members travel from outside the municipality to take part.
The options have been discussed with Southern Cross Archery and they will be providing formal feedback during Stage 2 engagement.
What will happen to the current user groups at Pennell Hall?
Braybrook and Maribyrnong Community Youth and Table Tennis Club have now been relocated to RecWest Braybrook. The Church Groups that use the hall will either be accommodated within the new pavilion space or relocated to nearby facilities.
What types of activities or uses are possible in the proposed open space areas?
Any activity that increases the health and wellbeing of our community will be encouraged in the open space areas.