Drouin park upgrade one step closer

A $1.48 million tender for design and construction of the park upgrade was awarded to local company Mad Cat Construction, at at last Wednesday’s Baw Baw Council meeting.

A tender for the major upgrade of Drouin’s Civic Park has been awarded bringing the redevelopment one step closer to delivery.

A $1.48 million tender for design and construction of the park upgrade was awarded to local company Mad Cat Construction, at at last Wednesday’s Baw Baw Council meeting.

The redevelopment project is set to deliver a dynamic, innovative and accessible playground and park space for residents of all ages, interests and abilities.

Quotes attributable to West Ward Cr Keith Cook

“It’s fantastic to reach another milestone in this important project,” Cr Keith Cook said.

“We’re also grateful to partner with Latrobe Valley Authority and Drouin and District Community Bank for making this project happen for Drouin.”

New and improved features scoped in the project include:

– New play area including playground, trampolines and accessible play

equipment

– Water play area

– Establishment of a wetland park and board walk

– New fitness park area

– Embankment hill slide, climbing wall and flying fox

– Parkour area

– Kickabout area

– Extended accessible footpath network including educational traffic loop

– Tree planting and fresh landscaping

– Plant collection areas

– New barbecue and shelter areas

– New and upgraded park furniture including bench seating

– Public toilet upgrade to include disability and baby change facilities

– New bins

– Car park upgrade

“We’re thrilled to be another step closer to delivering this exciting project,” Cr Jessica O’Donnell said.

“Soon Drouin will have a revitalised park and playground offering something for all ages, interests and abilities.”

Site investigations and surveys will commence in August to develop detailed designs to guide construction.

Following this, works are expected to start on-site later this year.

At this stage, the project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2021.

“Drouin’s Civic Park has long been a popular open space for walkers, park goers and local families,” Cr Tricia Jones said.

“This project will breathe new life into the area and provide our growing community with first-rate park facilities to enjoy for years to come.”

This major project will be jointly funded by a $765,000 grant from the Latrobe Valley Authority, a $250,000 contribution from the Drouin and District Community Bank and the balance being funded by Baw Baw Shire Council.