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Norris Bank Reserve upgrade proves a hit with youths

Norris Bank Reserve upgrade proves a hit with youths

Monday, November 27, 2023

An exciting new space that the city’s youth can call their own has been unveiled at Norris Bank Reserve in Bundoora. 

The transformation of the reserve’s western end into a youth-focused area continues the staged redevelopment of the park. 

The $900,000 upgrade delivers a new basketball court, seating, upgraded paths and gardens and a grass area for recreation or relaxation. 

A second and final stage of the project, due to start in early 2024, will feature a shelter for the youth space with free wi-fi, speakers, lighting and performance area. 

Norris Bank Reserve has undergone significant changes since it was designated a ‘Major Community Park’ in 2016. 

These include the creation of a dedicated off-leash dog park, installation of an immensely popular playground and an upgrade to the reserve’s bocce courts. 

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said that the final stage of the vision was to create a place that appealed to the city’s younger residents. 

“We want this end of the reserve to be a space not only where our younger residents can socialise and relax among friends, but where they can showcase their creative side, too,” Lydia said. 

Whittlesea Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Chair Angela Rolevska said the redevelopment had benefited from consultation with young residents during the design process. 

“This is vital in ensuring spaces like this one host features that fit the wants and needs of the local community,” Angela said. 

“The YAC are very aware of how important it is that open, safe and inclusive spaces like this one are made available for young people to be able to foster communication, creativity and community.” 

Angela said the youth space would give young people in Bundoora and surrounding suburbs a place to meet and hang out. 

“Particularly now as the warmer weather rolls around, this park is a perfect place for local young people to soak in the sun and have some fun with their friends and family,” Angela said. 

“On behalf of the local young people, I would like to thank Council for putting time and resources into crafting this project. It truly is awesome!” 

The redevelopment was funded by a $300,000 contribution from the City of Whittlesea and a $600,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.