Wyndham City's Gateway and Youth Precinct Project Set to Revitalize Local Community Space
The Lawrie Emmins Reserve in Laverton North is in for a significant transformation with a $4.2 million upgrade project on the horizon. The construction contract for a cutting-edge Gateway and Youth Precinct, aimed at enhancing community utilization of the site, has been awarded by Wyndham City.
The eagerly awaited initiative is scheduled to commence early in 2024 and will introduce a range of facilities, including a state-of-the-art skate park, versatile sports courts, an expansive open lawn area for hosting events, BBQ and picnic amenities, shaded seating areas, a modern toilet block, ample car parking, beautifully landscaped surroundings, and other essential amenities.
Funding for this ambitious project is bolstered by a generous $1.5 million grant from the Growing Suburbs Fund provided by the Victorian Government.
Wyndham City’s Active City portfolio holder, Councillor Peter Maynard, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, highlighting its potential to revitalize an underutilized section of the reserve into a bustling hub for sports and recreation.
“Once complete, this Gateway and Youth Precinct will be a great space for our young people and the broader community – particularly in Williams Landing, Laverton North and Truganina – to engage in sport and have fun,” Cr Maynard stated.
Additionally, the precinct is positioned to act as a gateway, offering access to the rest of the reserve, which recently saw significant enhancements, including the redevelopment of the motocross track.
This project is an offshoot of the broader Lawrie Emmins Reserve Master Plan that Council adopted in 2019 and will deliver a valuable open space for the community,” Cr Maynard affirmed.
The project’s final design took into account valuable input from the community, with a particular focus on engaging young residents. This inclusive process involved a youth workshop held at Tarneit Senior College and an online survey to gather feedback regarding the draft concept plan. It underscores the commitment to ensuring that the community’s desires and needs are at the forefront of this exciting revitalization effort.