Eildon Splash and Skate Park concept design is now open for feedback

Published on 15 December 2021

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We have exciting news for the Eildon community! Murrindindi Shire Council is pleased to advise that the concept design for the Eildon Splash and Skate Park is now available for community feedback.

Council first started talking with the Eildon community about the future of Thomas Marr and Walter Moore Reserves back in 2019. Then in 2020, following a second round of community consultation, Council adopted an Improvement Plan for the precinct.

Since then, we have been busy working with landscape architects, JF Studio, to develop the concept design for the precinct, known as ‘Eildon Splash and Skate Park’ alongside local representatives from the Taungurung Land and Waters Council,  Baan Ganalina Water Group and other key stakeholders.

Murrindindi Shire Council’s Eildon Ward Councillor, Karine Haslam said that development of the Eildon Splash and Skate Park would really revitalise the township of Eildon and provide a much needed boost to the local economy over time.

‘Investment in this location would really encourage visitors to stop and stay a while in Eildon on their way to the Lake and also have the potential to become a visitor attraction in its own right. Finalising the design, is a vital step in progressing the project to ensure that it is shovel-ready once funding becomes available.

‘We’ve used the community feedback provided over the last few years to put together the draft concept design – but we want to make sure we’ve got it right!

‘Key features of the draft concept design include large open space areas, new toilet and change room facilities, BBQ areas, a play space and splash park, improved pathways and access, amphitheatre style seating, pump track and skate park, resurfacing of the basketball/netball courts, aesthetic upgrades to existing pool fencing and facilities, and improved parking facilities across the town’, said Cr Haslam.

‘When providing feedback, we recognise that the community want to know what elements of the design can and can’t be influenced - which is why we’ve put together a list on our online community engagement platform, The Loop.

‘You can also download the concept plans, including concept drawings of what the space could look like.

‘I encourage everyone in the Eildon community to jump online and take a look, or come along to our drop-in session on Tuesday 21 December from 3.00 to 6.00 pm at the Eildon Information Centre. We’re also planning on hosting another pop-up session later in January next year so keep an eye out on The Loop project page where we’ll announce further dates.

‘Feedback can be provided at the drop-in session or via our online feedback form on The Loop. Alternatively, you can visit one of our Library and Customer Service Centres, or pop-by the Mobile Library and Customer Service van when it’s next visiting Eildon.

‘We realise some community members may be travelling during the Christmas and New Year break. That’s why we’ve extended the closing date for feedback until 21 January 2022 to allow enough time for you to provide feedback. During the six week consultation period, we also hope to gather feedback from visitors to the region. We’ll be popping up signage in both reserves and distributing flyers to local businesses to get the word out about the Project.

‘Next steps from here will involve finalising the concept plan into a detailed design, using the community feedback we receive, and then Council will begin the process of seeking funding for project construction.

‘I would like to thank Regional Development Victoria (RDV) for providing funding to complete the detailed design’, added Cr Haslam. 

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