Have your say on Lara Recreation Reserve Master Plan

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Council has released a draft Lara Recreation Reserve Master Plan for community feedback.

The draft plan has been developed in close consultation with the recreation reserve’s tenant clubs and groups, along with input from local residents. It details a range of proposed medium and long-term upgrades to the popular 18 hectare site.

Key elements of the draft plan include:

  • upgraded changerooms at the main oval
  • a new 2.4 kilometre running track around the reserve’s perimeter
  • upgraded and expanded cricket nets
  • new netball courts
  • new netball changerooms and tennis clubrooms
  • floodlights for soccer fields
  • relocation of the baseball field and new baseball clubrooms
  • two new community open spaces with playgrounds
  • several new or expanded formalised car parking areas.

The recommendations are aimed at maximising community use of the reserve for both organised and informal activities.

Currently none of the proposed improvements are funded, and delivery of new infrastructure would need to be via a partnership between the City of Greater Geelong, state and federal governments, peak sporting bodies and the tenant clubs.

Given the wide range of works recommended, the final master plan will consider options for a staged delivery.

The Lara Recreation Reserve plays host to more than 1500 sporting club participants across netball, football, soccer, cricket, baseball, tennis and lawn bowls. It is also home to the 1st Lara Scouts and St Johns Ambulance.

Acting Greater Geelong Mayor Peter Murrihy

The Lara Recreation Reserve is a very popular venue in the heart of the town, providing an important physical and social outlet for local residents.

The draft master plan will set a direction for future improvements to the reserve, subject to funding. We’re interested in hearing what the community thinks of it and we’ll consider all feedback very carefully when the master plan comes back before council for final endorsement.

Councillor Anthony Aitken - Co-Chair - Social and Infrastructure Planning portfolio

Many of the reserve’s users have already expressed their excitement about the draft master plan, and I’m encouraged that the consultation process has produced some very good ideas.

A great initiative that’s emerged is the proposed running track around the perimeter. This has the potential to become the ‘Lara Tan’ and could be something the residents are quite proud of.

The master plan also includes clear benefits for the netball, soccer, bowls, baseball and cricket clubs, and the community in general.

The proposal is now going out for public consultation, giving everyone the opportunity to have a say.

The Lara Sporting Club has already put forward a proposal concerning the location of the baseball diamond and supporting facilities. This will be considered for implementation in the final plan.

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