Winchelsea land acquisition earmarked for Eastern Reserve expansion
Published on 12 October 2018
Surf Coast Shire Council’s recent purchase of land in Winchelsea will pave the way for the future expansion of recreational facilities at Eastern Reserve.
The landowner presented Council with an offer of sale in June. Following negotiations, Council agreed to buy the land for $1.48 million.
The land forms part of 135 Austin Street and includes 2.17ha covered by a Public Acquisition Overlay.
An adjoining 1.32ha outside the overlay area will also be transferred into Council’s ownership as an open space contribution.
Both parcels are being simultaneously transferred to Council to provide a total 3.49ha parcel once the subdivision plan is completed.
Winchelsea Ward Councillor Heather Wellington said the total 3.49ha acquisition would support the future plans for Eastern Reserve.
“As Winchelsea’s premier sporting facility, Eastern Reserve continues to serve our community’s sporting and recreational needs. In future though, the reserve will need to expand to meet the demands of our growing population,” Cr Wellington said.
“This acquisition provides for the reserve’s future development, which is an excellent outcome for all concerned.”
According to Winchelsea Ward Councillor Carol McGregor, the 2007 Eastern Reserve master plan first noted the land’s potential for the reserve’s expansion.
“This was reinforced in the 2014-15 review, which was the subject of extensive community consultation. The ensuing final concept plan made provision for a second sports oval, subject to adjoining land being acquired,” Cr McGregor said.
“Now that’s occurred, the reserve’s future expansion is assured.”