Thanks to support from the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund and Hobsons Bay City Council, a much-loved reserve in the inner west is being transformed to a regional park which will help bring the local community together.
The Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek was successful in being awarded a Partnerships grant through the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund to upgrade the GJ Hosken Reserve in Altona North, with the construction now well underway to build a new adventure playground, install fitness equipment, footpaths and chairs and tables.
The much-needed upgrade includes a multi-use court with a basketball hoop, a barbeque and two new shelters near the playground.
A section of the western part of the reserve will be fenced to create an off-lead dog precinct, with new seating and bins.
The reserve and the nearby Kororoit Creek trail are already very popular amongst families and residents, who enjoy the many walking paths and unique statues created by local artist Geoffrey Ricardo.
Geoff Mitchelmore OAM, President of the Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek, is upbeat about the progress of the project and what it will mean for the local community.
The project is set to be completed by mid-year with a community celebration to be held on Sunday June 19 that will include a tree planting event, free barbecue and family friendly activities.
The GJ Hosken Reserve Upgrade is part of the Kororoit Creek Regional Strategy 2005 – 2030, and one of 19 projects funded as part of the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund Partnerships. See the full list of recipients and projects on our West Gate Neighbourhood Fund webpage.