Masterplan given the green light

Emerald’s Worrell Recreation Reserve is set to become a more practical place for locals to train, compete and socialise.

Emerald’s Worrell Recreation Reserve is set to become a more practical place for locals to train, compete and socialise.

At Cardinia Shire Council’s general meeting on Tuesday 21 July, councillors adopted the Worrell Recreational Reserve masterplan.

The masterplan establishes a long-term vision for the reserve and aims to guide the future of the site.

It supports improved car parking, as well as upgraded tennis facilities – including redeveloped club rooms to meet the current sport standards and requirements.

The four former netball courts will be transformed into a multi-use space with a range of elements for community access including basketball, skateboarding and seating areas.

In the future, the current playground will be removed and a ball rebound ball will take its place.

The document was developed after extensive consultation from the council with user groups and the broader community.

Cardinia Shire mayor Jeff Springfield said the Worrell Recreation Reserve masterplan provides a clear framework for the council to develop and implement sustainable sport and recreation improvements at the reserve.

“Worrell Reserve has already undergone a major transformation with a modern new football and cricket pavilion and upgrades to sports field lighting, new coaches boxes and a high ball net,” he said.

“The Worrell Recreation Reserve masterplan builds on recent improvements to the reserve and outlines a number of projects that will ensure it meets the needs of our community long into the future.

“We would like to thank everyone who participated in the consultation process.”

As a major recreation hub for the area, the popular reserve is home to Australian Rules football, cricket and tennis.