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‘Very sad’ park needs boost

Hine Court Reserve in Darley leaves a lot to the imagination. PHOTO: MOORABOOL SHIRE COUNCIL

By Matt Romania

Darley residents are being called on by Moorabool Shire Council to provide their feedback on the proposed renewal plans for Hine Court Reserve.

Acknowledging that the existing reserve’s minimalist facilities are not fully meeting community needs, the Council is moving forward with a project to upgrade the park:
“The current facilities show signs of wear and need upgrades.”

The proposed concept plan for the reserve includes a playground, path improvements, a 3×3 basketball court, a shelter with picnic facilities, and a landscape design focused on native plant biodiversity.

Residents are encouraged to view the concept plan and give their feedback, which is critical to shaping the future of Hine Court Reserve.

Council is also seeking opinions on safety-related aspects such as lighting, maintenance, antisocial behaviour, inclusivity, traffic, and vandalism.

Feedback on the project has been varied, with some residents calling for more widespread improvements across Moorabool Shire, while others see the renewal of the park as a necessary development.

“You’d think there are only two suburbs in the Moorabool Shire… how about the rest of them,” said one resident in response to the opening of consultation online.

“Definitely something we need,” said another, with another resident summing it up: “There’re many areas in the Marsh that require serious attention… but this park looks very sad.”

Darley residents can include their thoughts in the consultation by visiting the council’s engagement website at moorabool.engagementhub.com.au/hinecourt-reserve

The consultation period is open until 24 November, with the final detailed design being confirmed in early 2024.