The Portarlington Recreation Reserve Master Plan is now complete.
The Master Plan establishes the vision, goals and recommendations to guide the future development and management of the reserve. The plan strives to achieve a balance between the future sporting, recreation, events and other community uses while protecting the natural environment, cultural values and character of the reserve.
Some of the key initiatives include:
- Redevelopment of the main football/cricket pavilion
- Redevelopment of the cricket nets in a fully enclosed multi-use space
- Redeveloped play facilities and bike area encouraging more diverse participation
- Tennis and netball pavilion upgrades
- Improved trail network through active and passive areas
- Redeveloped wetland system
- Duplication of the Agricultural Society shed
- New trees and planting to enhance shade and shelter
- Potential for a community garden.
View the adopted master plan in the document library on the right hand side of this page.
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The City of Greater Geelong ran a six-week community engagement period through May and June 2020 to gather the community's ideas about the future of the Portarlington Recreation Reserve.
There was a fantastic level of interest and hundreds of contributions which were collated. The feedback during this period has been considered along with input from the Project Reference Group and the studies being undertaken by the consultants on the project. All of this work informed the development of the draft master plan.
The draft master plan was released for community engagement in June 2021 for a 6 week period. We received 289 contributions which informed the final master plan report. A community consultation report was also completed and can be found in the document library.
The master plan was adopted by Council on April 26 2022.
The adopted Portarlington Recreation Reserve Master Plan will published on the City's website, and here on our Have Your Say page. An updated summary report has also been published on this page, which includes what we heard and what changes were made in the final master plan in response to feedback. The Master Plan will now guide future improvements for Portarlington Recreation Reserve
The Portarlington Recreation Reserve is land within the Traditional Lands of the Wadawurrung People who have lived and used the land for tens of thousands of years. The Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation is the current Registered Aboriginal Party recognised for this land.
The 38-hectare crown land allotment is reserved for recreation and public purposes. It is currently zoned as a Public Park and Recreation Zone (PPRZ) under the Geelong Planning Scheme. The reserve is an important area of public open space in Portarlington servicing both the local community and tourists during peak season and is now managed by the City of Greater Geelong as the committee of management.
A Project Reference Group (PRG) has been established from clubs and community organisations that reside or use the Portarlington Recreation Reserve. The PRG will be invited to provide specific advice to the project team about their needs throughout the project.
The Project Reference Group will:
- Provide stakeholders with the opportunity to have input on the development of the Portarlington Recreation Reserve Master Plan.
- To provide a consultative opportunity for the local community.
- To make use of stakeholder and community expertise, knowledge and skills.
- To consider and provide advice on issues referred to them by the Project Working Group.
The groups involved in the PRG include:
- Portarlington Recreation Reserve Redevelopment Reference Group
- Portarlington Football and Netball Club
- Portarlington Cricket Club
- Portarlington Tennis Club
- Portarlington Girl Guides
- Portarlington Agricultural Society
- Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management
- Portarlington Pony Club
- Portarlington Community Garden group
- Country Fire Authority
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