Barwon River Reserve

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Updated 12 May 2022

Following an unsuccessful design and construct tender process for the combined Barwon River Reserve Adventure Play Space and Gathering Space (including the renewal of the Mud Brick Hut), Council reviewed its options for delivery of the works. 

The outcome determined that splitting the gathering space (mud hut replacement) and the Adventure Play Space was preferred. 

Here is an update on the two parts of the project:

Shelter update

Here are some key features of the proposed new shelter:

  • The new shelter will be located in the same footprint as the existing shelter.
  • It will have a much lighter appearance than the existing shelter.
  • It will still provide overhead cover from both the sun and rain seasonally.
  • The new shelter will not be enclosed so it can meet best practice safety guidelines around playgrounds which aims to maximise visibility both to and from the playground and surrounds.
  • The updated design will open up the space and allow greater movement, permeability and provide better universal access through the site.

The images below best reflect the proposed style and general look of the new shelter:

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The shelter colours are yet to be confirmed but we would love your feedback on preference for the look:

Click here to view form.

Feedback will be open until 27 May 2022.  You can also send feedback to info@surfcoast.vic.gov.au.

Barwon River Adventure Play Space update

The Adventure Play Space and surrounding landscape works was re-tendered in Feb 2022 with tenders closing in mid-March 2022. Disappointingly the re-tender was unsuccessful. 

Council will now start a detailed design process for the playground and landscape works with a view to re-tendering the works for construction only once the designs are finished. 

An updated timeline will be provided once a consultant has been appointed to undertake the design works.

 

About the project

This project will provide an exciting new play space that is welcoming, inclusive and challenging for young people. This space is designed to complement existing active recreation and play facilities in this attractive riverside precinct and will be a great asset for Winchelsea and district families and visitors to the town.

Funding for this project has been secured from both the State Government under the 2021-22 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund and Australian Government under the 2020-21 Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.

Mud Hut Shelter Update (CLOSED June 2021)

The mud hut shelter has been identified as reaching the end of its useful life. It was fenced off on 1 June 2021 and signage installed onsite as part of risk management activities in advance of its replacement. An audit of the Winchelsea Mud Hut identified splitting timber beams, rotting structural timber members, cracking bricks and a failing facia member that remains noticeably sloped today.

The shelter has been prioritised for replacement and Council has included renewal of the shelter as part of the Barwon River Gathering Space project. This means that the existing shelter will be demolished and removed, but it will be replaced with a new structure that is considered to provide the same features and useability particularly in terms of size and scale, but in a way that meets current day standards.  The shelter will be located in the same location as the existing mud hut shelter.

View the concept plan

Download the below image as a PDF(PDF, 332KB) or contact us if you aren't able to view the plan.

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Project Scope

The scope of works for the adventure playpace includes:

  • Flying fox / zip line
  • Trampolines (in ground)
  • Climbing walls
  • Slide down the slope
  • High pods / tree houses / look out
  • Mindfulness area
  • Rocks and logs for climbing / balancing
  • Obstacle course
  • Ropes course

During 2019 Council ran a number of engagement sessions whilst redeveloping the existing playground at Barwon River Reserve. Feedback was sought on a future Adventure Play Space to sit between the existing playground and the pool at Barwon River Reserve. Participants were also asked what they thought of the existing Mud Brick Hut and how we should plan for its eventual replacement. Feedback received during these processes has been used as a basis for the next phase of development.

Community Engagement

A phase 1 community engagement process was undertaken in 2019 that sought feedback from the community about what elements they would like to see in the proposed playspace.

A phase 2 community engagement process was completed through May and June 2021 inviting feedback to the proposed playspace and gathering space.

Here's a summary of the community feedback:

  • Structure to replace mud hut is a must
  • Play activities to ensure there is a diverse range for all levels and abilities.
  • Natural materials and colour scheme as much as possible
  • Include seats and tables
  • Shade is important in and around the playground
  • Add pops of colour for interest, maybe in art element
  • Include some imaginative play elements

Timeline

UPDATED TIME LINE

June 2021
Community engagement for input into the Adventure Play space design. Submissions Close.

October – November 2021
Tender released for Barwon Adventure Playspace and Gathering space.

10 November 2021
Tenders closed. No tenders received.

November – December 2021
Review procurement process and seek pricing for Mud Hut renewal (shelter replacement) and associated works.

February 2022
Re-tender closed March 2022.  Re tender process unsuccessful.

May 2022
Community feedback on style of proposed mud hut shelter replacement.

May 2022
Seek detail design services for Barwon River Adventure Play space and Gathering space works.