has released a draft Lara Recreation Reserve Master Plan for community
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:
changerooms at the main oval
new 2.4 kilometre running track around the reserve’s perimeter
and expanded cricket nets
netball changerooms and tennis clubrooms
for soccer fields
of the baseball field and new baseball clubrooms
new community open spaces with playgrounds
new or expanded formalised car parking areas.
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
Acting Greater Geelong Mayor Peter
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
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
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.