By Kirra Grimes

THE community of Inverloch is being invited to help shape the future of the town’s recreation reserve, with the facility’s committee of management currently seeking feedback on a new masterplan.
Upgrades to fencing, carparking, the football/cricket club rooms, pathways, lighting and entry/exit points are all included in the draft plan, developed by the voluntary committee with help from the Bass Coast Shire Council and the reserve’s various user groups including the Inverloch-Kongwak Football Netball Club, Inverloch Cricket Club, Scouts, Lions, Men’s Shed and Inverloch Primary School.
Some of the inclusions are already set to go ahead, having received funding from the State Government.
Among these are the
redevelopment of the netball courts and Scout Hall, and the revegetation of the reserve’s western and northern banks (where a row of large cypress trees was recently removed due to safety concerns) with native plants, a task the committee calls its “number one priority”.
For other projects, the committee will seek grant funding, and they’re keen to have the wider community’s input on what areas should be worked on first.
“We want the community to tell us their needs and we want that input before not after we finalise the masterplan and adopt it for the next ten years,” said committee secretary Chris Malone.
“The reserve is there to provide the community with a user friendly, open space for recreation and leisure, so while we’ve identified a number of areas in need of attention, we’ll consider any ideas that might enhance the facility and improve its usability.”
A new plan was needed to guide the facility’s growth and assist in funding submissions as the original masterplan is now ten years old, and has “achieved many of its objectives,” said Chris.
A copy of the new draft plan can be obtained by sending an email to Chris at
Feedback on the plan can also be sent to Chris, via email, up until Friday, February 1.
An additional landscape plan detailing the revegetation of the reserve’s western and northern boundaries is expected to be available for public viewing and comment in the coming weeks.