On 12 December 2019, Council agreed to endorse the Dorothy Laver Reserve West Landscape Plan.
Council has moved to address a significant shortage of sporting fields to accommodate the growth in juniors, girls and women playing sport in our City. This decision contributes to the health and wellbeing of the City, and the future design and planning of Boroondara’s open space.
The final stage in the project’s development period was the landscape plan. Between 18 October and 3 November 2019, Council received 308 responses to the survey and 23 items of written correspondence.
Community feedback showed strong support for additional trees, biodiversity and bike path safety modifications, while opinions on the proposed site fencing and safety netting were mixed.
Council agreed to endorse the landscape plan with the following amendments:
- To proceed with the fence along the western boundary of the northern field as shown in the Landscape Plan.
- To install a gate at the junction point of the new fence and the old fence.
- To install bike racks near the pavilion.
- Not to proceed with fences along the eastern and northern boundaries of the northern field, retaining the status quo configuration in these areas.
- Not to proceed with permanent poles and temporary safety netting between the two soccer fields.
Council also considered subjects not related to the landscape plan and agreed to:
- Permit clubs to utilise temporary fencing, temporary safety netting, or a combination of both, between the two soccer fields. This would be in accordance with seasonal license agreements, and as required to meet sporting code requirements for the playing of matches. Safety netting or temporary fencing is not permitted on days when there are no matches.
- Refer feedback regarding future traffic planning in the area to Council’s Traffic and Transport department for consideration and future planning.
New works approved
Council gave the go ahead for new works at the 12 December 2019 meeting. They are:
- Additional tree planting
- Increased biodiversity of existing vegetation areas
- A new partial fence on the sports field boundary outside the pavilion
- An improved alignment of the bike path near the bridge
- Provision of a temporary safety net
Previously approved works
- Irrigation and drainage works and removal of the lighting poles on the southern sports field have been completed.
- The car park upgrade is underway and on track to be completed before the end of January 2020.
- Traffic treatment work dates are being finalised in conjunction with the City of Stonnington.
- New sports ground lighting and car park fence replacement will be completed early in 2020 in time for the winter sports season.
What does this decision mean for Dorothy Laver Reserve West?
- While Dorothy Laver Reserve West will have a soccer focus, it will continue to be used by the community and various sports.
- The new section of 1.1m high fencing will look similar to the fencing which currently surrounds the northernmost sports field. It will not be 1.8m high fencing.
- The community will be free to access the reserve when it is not being used for organised sport.
- All works (other than tree planting) will be carried out early in 2020 and be completed before April 2020 in time for the winter sports season.
- Tree planting will be carried out in winter as this is the best time to ensure their success.
Please note: Melbourne Water will be completing desilting of the pond area at the reserve during January 2020 to improve water quality and flow.