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Have your say on upgrades to five local reserves

Have your say on upgrades to five local reserves

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The City of Whittlesea has taken a long-term view of what five unique local reserves could look like and we’re asking residents for their feedback.

Master plans for five local reserves were presented to the 19 September Council Meeting where they were endorsed for community consultation.

Draft master plans that outline the vision and direction for future uses and upgrades have been developed for WA Smith Reserve in Lalor, Sycamore Reserve in Mill Park, Mernda Recreation Reserve, Lowalde Recreation Reserve in Epping and Lalor Recreation Reserve.

City of Whittlesea Administrator Christian Zahra AM said the master plans would help guide future budget spends.

“The master plans showcase how we can provide our community with spaces to inspire play, nurture a sense of community and enjoy the wellbeing benefits of being in nature. We thank the community for their contribution so far in shaping these draft plans and we invite residents to have a look and provide their feedback on the master plans,” Christian said. 

The draft plans look at how to improve the safety, accessibility and use of these reserves over the next 10 years with proposed upgrades including new or additional park lighting and new play spaces.

For WA Smith and Sycamore Reserves walking trails and a bridge connecting the two reserves are also suggested, while a multi-use court, bocce court and exercise equipment are in the plans for Mernda Recreation Reserve.

A new public toilet, half-size multi-use court, junior ‘pump track’ and outdoor fitness equipment is recommended for Lowalde Recreation Reserve, and for Lalor Recreation Reserve, the draft plan includes creating a more inviting street frontage, upgraded carparking and new spectator seating.

The draft plans have all been developed with input from local stakeholders including sports clubs, community groups, schools, kindergartens and local residents.

To view the draft master plans and have your say, visit

Consultation is open until Wednesday 18 October 2023.